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Jesus’ Compassion


Jesus had compassion for the people who were sick, suffering, and in distress. He used his divine power to heal the sick, multiply food to feed the hungry, raise the dead, and calm the sea. “When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick” (Mt 14:14). Once “Jesus summoned his disciples and said, ‘My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way’” (Mt 15:32). When Jesus saw a widow whose only son’s funeral procession was taking place, “He was moved with pity for her and said to her, ‘Do not weep’” (Lk 7:13). He then regained the boy’s life. At the death of Lazarus, Jesus saw his sister Mary and the Jews who had come with her weeping. “He became perturbed and deeply troubled. … And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him’” (Jn 11:33-36). Thus, Jesus shared the sentiments of the people.

Jesus promised peace to those in trouble if they approach him in faith and hope. Jesus told his disciples, “I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world” (Jn 16:32-33). The resurrection and ascension of Jesus guarantee our victory as well, provided we follow him. That hope gives us relief and peace. The promise of Jesus is like God speaking to Israel through Isaiah: “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isa 41:10).

Paul wrote: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). Peter advised the young Christians: “Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you” (1 Pet 5:7).


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