Luke uses a particular Greek word for compassion only three times in his gospel. It is a deep seated, visceral response of compassion. In the face of death Jesus has compassion, it is the same compassion the Good Samaritan has for the man who has been robbed, stripped and beat and left for dead on the road. It is the same compassion the father has for the prodigal son when he returns home. It is deep compassion that stands in the starkness of loss and brings about life.
It is the type of compassion that notices, that sees real need when it is presented.
Prayer: God help me to see need, in the faces of those on the margins, in places I would rather not look. Open me to your expansive grace that breaks down barriers and includes all. May I be an agent of your compassion today. Amen.