“He Had Compassion”
The crowds are still with us, O God, and they are still harassed and helpless, like followers without a leader—or at least without a leader who has their best interests at heart.
Help us to be so filled with the compassion of Jesus—a compassion that, after all, is making all the difference for us—that we will reach out to the people around us in the ways that we talk, act, and help, even if such talking, acting, and helping is costly to us—and it will be. Grant that our acts of compassion will always be motivated by compassion and nothing but compassion; grant that they will never be motivated by selfish motives of seeking status or power.
The crowds are still with us, O God, and they need you. May we be conduits for your compassion.
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”(Matthew 9:35-36)