Whenever I work in one of the big cities, I can easily discern that very distinct line between wealth and poverty and between thriving and struggling. I can often find, without too much effort, the virtual divisions, sometimes block by block between what my friends call the safe zones and the war zones, and I weep for the people trapped in these divisions. The poor people are trapped in the depressed areas, while those doing well financially are often trapped in their safe zones, neatly segregated from each other – living in fear of one another. Living like this, is it a surprise when we find our love and charity dwindling? When fear tells us to run away from each other, our compassion must grow more robust.
“At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned” (Matthew 9:36).
Christ was not paralyzed by the effort required to help the people. Fear did not overwhelm his compassion. Christ did not stop at just recognizing the needs of the crowd, but instead, person by person, one by one, he tended to the multitude, all in his time. The act of charity is the gift of love in action and, therefore, something we can practice. Our Lord is sending us to love and serve one another. This is no mere command but a lifelong mission assigned to all of us, disciples of Christ. We may feel inadequate, fearful of what is required, and out of our comfort zone, but fear speaks to us. Christ has provided us with what is needed to reach out to others. We must ask ourselves: Through Christ, is our compassion more robust than our fear?
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, help us grow in charity and courage so that through our relationship with you, we may grow convicted to respond to your call for compassion and love. Amen.
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