Thursday, September 27, 2007

Matthew 9:35-38 - Compassion for the World

Scripture: Matthew 9:35-38

Summary: Jesus went about healing, teaching, and proclaiming the good news. He had compassion for the crowds because they were like sheep without a shepherd. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord to send out laborers into his harvest.

Thoughts: Henry Nouwen says that compassion is the one thing that is central to all great religions: Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian all stress the importance of having compassion for your fellow human beings. The Hindu speak of the Divine that is a part of each of us, saying that if you love God how can you not love the person beside you who contains a portion of that divinity? It is compassion for others that helps us see beyond ourselves, our little worlds. And it is our response to the grace that God showers us with.

Prayer: Help me to look with compassion on all those here on earth with me. For each of us is created in your image, Lord, and so should be treated with respect and dignity. May I remember this as I interact with your beloved creatures. Amen.

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