Compassion is a Spark – Reflection on Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5, 6-8
Compassion is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on to our children. With it comes the urge to respond in love, peace, selflessness, and strength. It allows us to see with our hearts what might be missing first in ourselves and then use that knowledge for responding with our “neighbors.” Jesus is asking us to be a laborer by following His will to help those with spiritual needs. With Trinity’s help we ca show others that compassion is a spark that can leverage a transformation process into being Christ-like, which our world desperately needs.
Jesus Teaches in the Synagogue by James Tissot, painting at full resolution.
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Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8 – Scripture*
The Harvest Is Great, the Laborers Few
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
The Twelve Apostles
10 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8 Reflection – Compassion is a Spark.
This site has written permission from New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) to use the Matthew 9 Bible passage.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Matthew 9 passage.