Compassion to action
From compassion to action.
Something to think about
Imagine the scene: Jesus is leaving Jericho followed by a large crowd, what were they expecting to happen next? More teaching, storytelling or answering questions? What would you have said if you were in the crowd?
What happened next was the healing of the two blind men despite the interventions of the crowd. The two blind men address Jesus as a superior and with respect, yet the crowd dismiss them and try to silence them.
However, Jesus hears them and asks them directly what they want. The blind men respond directly with a specific request and Jesus responded exactly as they requested.
This is not the only place in the Gospels we hear of Jesus being moved with compassion to do something specific. The man is healed of leprosy in Mark 1:40-42 and in the feeding of crowds in Matthew 14:14 the gospel writer tells us that Jesus was moved by compassion.
In each case Jesus’ empathy with people’s suffering moves him to act, to do something with tangible impacts, whether it be healing people or feeding people. Jesus feels compassion and does not act passively but actively with specific actions which have lasting impacts.
Something to do
When have you been moved by compassion? What moves you to actually actively ‘do’ something in response to a concern you have about the world, whether it be a specific action, talking to people or to raise awareness of an issue?
Think of those people, situations and circumstances you have felt compassion for in the past few days. Pick one of these and actively do something about it, be moved from compassion into action.