Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, May, 2015

posted Apr 27, 2015, 10:40 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 10:40 AM ]

Moved with Compassion

 Each day we go merrily on our way, caught up in our own little world, oblivious to much that is going on around us.  It becomes relatively easy to ignore the people and circumstances nearby (or more distant) crying out for attention. There is a passage in Matthew 20 where two blind men, who are sitting by the roadside (probably begging), hear that Jesus is passing by and shout out “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Even though the crowd tried to hush them up, they shout out again all the louder “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” That gets everyone's attention and Jesus says to the two blind men, “What do you want me to do for you?” They tell him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” What the Scripture says next about the blind men's circumstances is that: “Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him” (Mt.20:32-34).

 The Gospel according to St. Mark tells about a man afflicted with leprosy who “came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed.” The man said, “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Once again, the Scripture reports, “Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. 'I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be healed!’ Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed” (see Mark 1:40-42).

 There are other similar occurrences in Scripture where Jesus was moved by human circumstances to show compassion. Each time Jesus feeds the multitudes, we’re told, Jesus “had compassion on them” (e.g., Mark 6:34; Mark 8:2; Matthew 14:14).

 Often, when Jesus saw crowds of people who seemed lost and confused, he was deeply moved. And when he came to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, as he looked out over the city, he began weeping and saying, “If only you knew on this of all days the things that lead to peace. But now they are hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:41-42).

 When was the last time you felt moved with compassion and your heart was touched? How did that feel? What have you done or are you doing about it?

 What might it look like when we too are moved with the compassion such as Jesus demonstrated throughout his ministry in 1st century Palestine? Perhaps we should pray more often: “Dear God, break our hearts for what breaks yours!"

 George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries