Daily reading: Luke 7:1-17
Wednesday February 8, 2017

Daily reading:  As he approached the city gate, a dead man was being carried out.  He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow.  A large crowd from the city was with her.  When he saw her, the Lord had compassion for her and said, “Don’t cry.” Luke 7:12-13

Jesus’ compassion is not an act of helping those who are less fortunate than we are.
This notion of helping those beneath us is a privileged notion that would not have been part of our Savior’s vocabulary.  Not to say that it isn’t important to serve others or to meet them in their pain or suffering.  But we should not think of ourselves as above others and say that they are less than we are.
It is not an over and above reaction, no it is an “I am with you reaction.”  I am here to share in your pain, because we are connected.

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.


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