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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Memorial of Saint Martha

“Remember not against us the iniquities of the past; may your compassion quickly come to us, for we are brought low.” (Psalm 79:8)

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if we were compassionate toward others as quickly as we wish God would be compassionate toward us? Compassion is that mysterious capacity within each of us that makes it possible that suffering, which is neither our own nor of our concern, can affect us as though it were. It is that instinctive and selfless insight that reveals to us the existence of our own true being in every living creature.

Compassion is the tie that binds every human being to each other and to the mystery of creation. It’s the common thread of all religions, meditations and community structures. Compassion doesn’t acknowledge the artificial social, economic and religious barriers we place between ourselves and others, but it does recognize the the common cry of human longings, aspirations, and tragedies. When a reflex reaction causes us to help a stranger, with no motivation other than that person is in need or maybe in peril of his life, our compassion is in action.

Compassion is about putting one’s self in the other person's shoes, trying to feel his or her pain and anxiety, then deciding: How would I want to be treated if I was the other person? I then treat the other person the way that I would like to be treated under the same circumstances.

A compassionate person is someone who, underneath everything else, recognizes other people's needs, and does his or her best to care for and meet that person’s needs. That includes a need for friendship or love. A compassionate person is one who enjoys making others happy and loved.

Merciful and Loving God,

thank You for the free gift of Your tender mercy and compassion.

Help us to pass it on to those around us who may be in need of a kind heart.

In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Sharon Haas
Pastoral Care, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

JEREMIAH 14:17-22 • PSALM 79:8, 9, 11 AND 13• JOHN 11:19-27 OR LUKE 10:38-42

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