June 18, 2017: Having Compassion

August 27, 2017

THIS  WEEK'S REFLECTION 

Having Compassion
 

fd9ac19a-f9e6-465e-8e46-2444d12c4819.jpeThis Sunday our reading is fromMatthew 9:35-10:8, a story from the early days of Jesus’ career when he invited the folks who were following him to join in the work he was doing. The story begins,  “When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless.” Does that ring a bell for anyone--harassed and helpless? It describes pretty much all of us at one time or another. Surely it even described Jesus and his friends at times. He went on to observe to them:"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” There is so much to do… and not very many of us to do it! Generations of people who have read Jesus’ words have felt invited into the work of having compassion, reaching out to neighbors and friends and strangers in their moments of harassment and helplessness, opening our own hearts to each other to find compassion in our own frustrations.

 

Where do you feel harassed and helpless?

How does recognizing your own limitations inspire you to compassion?

What work do you feel called to join in?

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