Mark 8:1-10 invites you to learn from Jesus, and it is about his compassion. We read that, moved with compassion Jesus takes the step to feed the multitude. Similarly, with compassion you wouldn’t wait for others to ask you for a favor before granting it to them.
During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”
4 His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”
5 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied.
6 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. 7 They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8 The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9 About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, 10 he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. Mark 8:1-10 (New International Version – NIV)
Compassion makes us anticipate the needs of others. Have you ever felt like helping others but another voice within you tells you to wait till they ask? Are you really compassionate? Will you forgive a friend before he or she asks for it, even if it wasn’t your fault?
Out of compassion will you spare few minutes of your time to pray for those in dire need? Will you out of compassion for the weaknesses of another friend refuse to say evil about him or her when all others are crucifying him verbally? Think about it, are you really living a compassionate life?
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Prayer (Moved with Compassion)
Give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving and forgiving wherever we may go. Never allow pride to get the best of us as You fulfill our dreams and Your will in us. Help us not to have a boastful tongue against You and our brothers. Amen