Friday, May 27, 2011

The Compassion of the Christ

The calling of Christianity is one that is complex and I am always trying to understand what it is. How does being a Christian define my life, and how can I improve?

Compassion (n.): a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune,
accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

The antonyms for compassion are mercilessness and indifference.

Christ was a man, and also God. And if we put aside the theological debate, and we try to dissect what good can we take from his example, human compassion is one of the most accepted attributes of being good.

In Matthew Nine, Jesus cares not only about the souls of the people he meets, he also cares about their physical needs.
"Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."