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Focus on Others

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.”(Mark 8:2-3)

Sure, Jesus could use miracles to demonstrate He was the Son of God and build the faith of His disciples. I expect His miraculous powers were without limits. I see this scripture as yet another example of Jesus' compassion. I wonder how each of us would use this type of power? Would we show off? Would we benefit ourselves in some way? I suppose I would. 

Scripture shows us that when Jesus found Himself hungry and alone in the wilderness, He did not provide food for Himself in this same way. His focus was on others. Most of the miracles Jesus performed were to help those who were suffering, and He repeatedly instructed the benefactors not to tell others about the miracles He performed.

Focusing on the needs of others, especially the poor and vulnerable, can be a challenge for many of us in today's egocentric society.


Dear Lord,

thank You for demonstrating compassion.

Instill in each of us a deeper understanding

of how we can live the value of compassion each day.

In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.


Rochelle Reider, MSN, RN, BC–NE, FACHE
Vice President Patient Services, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital

1 KINGS 12:26-32; 13:33-34 • PSALM 106:6-7AB, 19-20, 21-22 • MARK 8:1-10

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