We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
One of the great needs of our day is for compassion. There seems to be an abundance of meanness and anger everywhere, but little empathy. For this reason, I often like to end the day by watching a video or two online illustrating simple human kindness. I think it’s good for the soul; at least it is for mine.
A year ago, I happened upon a short video about Marek Bush, a high school wrestler in New York who was hoping to repeat as state champion in his weight class. Marek and his opponent had wrestled before, but in this match, the other boy was ahead 4-0 . . . until he dislocated his arm. All Bush had to do was to pin the boy, and he would repeat. Conferring with his coach (who is also his father), Marek told him, “I know what I need to do.” When the match resumed, Bush laid down motionless on the mat and let the deserving wrestler win. Later, he said that he thought “this would make me look weak,” but his gesture won the admiration of all, including his dad, who said, “There are more important things in life than winning championships.” Marek exhibited sportsmanship and compassion.
We hope for compassion as well in our dealings with God. Jesus, our high priest, has shown it. He ate with sinners, cleansed them of their shame, called them to a new life, carried their sins to the cross, and gave his life for all. Saint Peter Julian Eymard wrote so movingly: “The Holy Eucharist is a need of the heart of Christ, just as it is a need of our hearts.” How do I show compassion?
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, merciful and compassionate, I trust in you. Amen.
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