Compassion

The Heart of God – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Heart of God – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is God himself bringing life to the dead, revealing his passionate heart for his people. He is the fullness of all that was hinted at in every foreshadowing of the Old Testament. But as we see here, it is a fullness intimately concerned in the individual cares of his people. God has indeed visited his people in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the supreme revelation of the heart of God not only writ large in the stunning brushstrokes of salvation history, but also intimately inscribed in the heart of each one of his children, whom he dearly loves.

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Called to Compassion – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to Compassion – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Paul is incarnating one of the core teachings of Christianity that gives it so much of its splendor, but that sadly, goes unpracticed far too often: the call to compassion. Despite what the dictionary might say, true compassion is not simply “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others,” as if we could hygienically keep their pain at a distance, lest it infect us as well while we administer a few carefully chosen acts of charity. No, compassion runs far deeper than that. It means to suffer with, to enter into the place of that pain and be willing to hurt with and for others and, in so doing, become a source of comfort and hope in the midst of that pain.

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