Scripture reading: Luke 10:30-35
St. Martins the Tours had such encounter and this has been credited to him up till this day. This is the excerpt of the compassionate action by St. Martins the Tours: “It was on this garrison duty at Amiens that the event took place that has been portrayed in art throughout the ages. On a bitterly cold winter day, the young tribune Martin rode through the gates, probably dressed in the regalia of his unit — gleaming, flexible armor, ridged helmet, and a beautiful white cloak whose upper section was lined with lamb’s wool. As he approached the gates he saw a beggar, with clothes so ragged that he was practically naked. The beggar must have been shaking and blue from the cold but no one reached out to help him. Martin, overcome with compassion, took off his mantle. In one quick stroke he slashed the lovely mantle in two with his sword, handed half to the freezing man and wrapped the remainder on his own shoulders. Many in the crowd thought this was so ridiculous a sight that they laughed and jeered but some realized that they were seeing Christian goodness. That night Martin dreamed that he saw Jesus wearing the half mantle he had given the beggar. Jesus said to the angels and saints that surrounded him “See! This is the mantle that Martin, yet a catechumen, gave me.” When he woke, it was the “yet a catechumen” that spurred Martin on and he went immediately to be baptized. He was eighteen years old.”
We are called to exhibit the most wonderful and cherished attribute of God. This is an attribute that should be found in all Christians, because it is the bedrock of Christian love. No wonder Blessed Mother Theresa sees compassion as an important manifestation of human love which inclines us to become helpful and merciful. From our reading today, the two other great and revered men in the society did not earn the Lord’s appreciation because they failed to express mercy and give assistance that would alleviate the sufferings of the man who was attacked by robbers. This praise which the Samaritan earned, also teaches us that God is not happy about the situation of the suffering humanity and He expects us to do something. Jesus did something. Dear Child of God do you know that compassionate actions are ways God’s purposes are fulfilled and actualized? Compassion is indeed the messenger of God that descends into our hearts, spurs us into actions of liberation. It was compassion that saved Moses when Pharaoh’s daughter found him among the reeds, “And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrew’s children.” (Exodus 2:6, NKJV) The question demanding an answer from every Christian is, “Are you compassionate?” If you are compassionate, you will not use hurtful words at your husband who has been handicapped by joblessness, because you are the only one providing for the family. If you are compassionate, you will not be disturbed by the inconveniences you encounter taking care of a helpless or sick person, be it your mother or your father or even a distant person. The list is endless. St. Teresa of Avila tells us this: “Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”
- Thank God for opening the eyes of your mind to the true meaning of compassion.
- O Lord, do not let me be found wanting in this call to be compassionate. (Pray seriously)
- Pray for those whose hearts have been hardened by the devil, that they may repossess soft heart and stop inflicting pains and untold hardship on people.
- Pray for the leaders of the world, that they may realize the need to serve the people under them and not to Lord it over them through harsh and selfish policies.
- Pray for all Daily Strength Users that they may become promoters of Christ compassion and merciful love to the world.
Exercise: Remember to be part of the Daily Strength Charity Group around you.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 13:20