This post was written as a Reflection for our MCC mini-retreat in Srimongol, Bangladesh on October 10-12, 2007. Jesus' compassion is something I see often lived out in this country and in the people around me. Compassion is intricately tied to what many refer to as the "golden rule", to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself". Because to love your neighbor, to truly and fully love your neighbour requires more strength and self-control than we could individually attain.
To love your neighbor requires that you care for them like your own family, and this is compassion; caring for the world as your family, as Jesus makes it very clear who our neighbors are, in the parable of the good Samaritan. Compassion as Jesus demonstrates is not charity and it is not equality. It is important to note that Jesus had abilities we obviously do not possess and so it is unfortunately not possible to go about healing all mental and physical disabilities we encounter. But, that does not stop us from trying. Jesus' compassion is not charity, it is selfless love. Jesus does not give to the beggars, he heals the source of their infirmity. And, in this example shall we not also look at the source of the issue to deal with the painfully visible results. (excerpt)
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