Compassion and harmony ideal qualities for love and life

Feb 15, 2020

While Bruce was the groups’ Old Testament scholar Margaret’s study had been of the New Testament.  She explained, “When you consider the stories about kings and kingdoms and the ideal qualities of kings it is clear that Jesus is the ultimate countercultural person. He was driven not by the prestige and honour but exclusively by love and concern for others and not for himself.  Think of the story of the feeding of 4000 after three days of following him.  Anyone who has done any form of ministry knows it is tiring and three days is a very long time to be leading a crowd of people. Taking the initiative himself to arrange for them to be fed shows his compassion and human concern.  I think some of our charities and feeding schemes must perform such miracles too.  Animals too  show compassion to their weaker members.”

“I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat, and if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way and some of them have come a long way.  Mark 8:1-10    

Pope Francis:  Jesus lived in harmony with creation and others were amazed” what sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’  His appearance was not that of an ascetic set apart from the world, nor of an enemy to the pleasant things in life. Of himself he said, “the Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard!”  (Mt 11:19)  LS 98

You May Also Like…

Our ongoing ecological conversion

Our ongoing ecological conversion

Jack continued his sharing about Lent.  “I never used to think about it much but when Moses speaks about life and...

Ash Wednesday Lent begins

Ash Wednesday Lent begins

Jack, a catechist,  offered an explanation for the three Catholic practices of Lent which are each a form of sacrifice...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WordPress Anti-Spam by WP-SpamShield