Open Circle MCC: The Villages, Florida

   

Matthew 9:35-36 – Jesus now travelled through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom of God, and healing all kinds of illness and disabilities. As Jesus looked at the vast crowds he was deeply moved with pity and compassion for them, for they were bewildered and miserable

We sometimes forget that the only body Jesus has on earth is the Body of Christ – the church. Unless Christ’s body on earth is moved with pity and compassion, then the things that Jesus did – healing, proclaiming the Gospel, and teaching – might not be accomplished and those who are bewildered and miserable are left in their current state.  Deep, heartfelt, compassion is one of the things that people need most. They need someone to reach out to them in the name of Jesus with the compassion of God. Compassion is a deep yearning that responds to the spiritual and physical needs of people. Compassion goes beyond sympathy. Sympathy does not involve action; compassion compels us to minister to those who need the love of God the most. God’s compassion for us was demonstrated through the love of Jesus who was moved by compassion and healed the sick and fed the hungry. Most importantly, it was compassion which compelled Jesus to go to the cross. May the Holy Spirit instill in us the love of Jesus which compels us to reach out to a world starving for the compassion and love of God. Amen

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