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Jesus’ Compassion


The following are some occasions when Jesus’ compassion was expressed in words in the gospels:

1. “When he saw the crowds he was moved with pity, for they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd” (Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34).

2. After Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist, Jesus “withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick” (Mt 14:13-14).

3. “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; Mk 8:2). Then he fed “four thousand men, not counting women and children” by multiplying seven loaves of bread and a few fish (Mt 15:33-39; Mk 8:4-9).

4. Two blind men approached Jesus by the roadside in Jericho and asked to have their eyes opened. “Moved with pity, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight, and followed him” (Mt 20:34).

5. A leper begged Jesus to make him clean. “Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean’” (Mk 1:41).

6. After Jesus healed a demoniac Gerasene, he asked permission to follow Jesus. “But he would not permit him but told him instead, ‘Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you’” (Mk 5:19).

7. A widow’s only son died, and his body was being carried out from the city of Nain for burial. “When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, ‘Do not weep’” (Lk 7:13). Jesus raised him and gave him back to his mother (Lk 14-17).

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