Wednesday : 5th December, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 15: 29- 37
Matthew 15:32 – Jesus called his disciples and said to them, “I am filled with compassion for these people ; they have already followed me for three days and now have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away fasting, or they may faint on the way.”
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wished or hoped that your loved ones or the people closest to you knew or had an idea of what you were going through without having to say so yourself? Maybe that’s even being too optimistic, so let’s consider another question: have you reached that point where you wished that someone, anyone at all, knew what you needed without having to say a word? If your answer is “yes”, then you have an idea of what that felt like.
Jesus gives us an example today in the Gospel: the people who followed Him needed to receive the word and their healing, desires which our Lord granted. However, they also needed food after following Him around for three days. You can call that a basic need, hence justifying their reason for not asking Jesus. Probably, because they didn’t want to come across as asking for ‘too much’.
Nonetheless, being all compassionate and caring, Jesus saw that need and proceeded to address it. As children of God, we need to emulate this attribute of our Lord. We need to learn to be empathic and compassionate, able to perceive the needs of others and not always wait to be asked for help when it is obvious that help is needed by the people around us.
Beloved, God has placed different groups of people under our care: family, students, friends, loved ones, colleagues, employers, neighbours, even the stranger on the street. How often have we shown true compassion to these people? How have we touched their lives? If that is not piercing enough, then we can consider how many times we have stood by, fully aware of the needs of others and just waited to be asked? Sweetheart, not everyone will be bold enough to ask, hence, offer help when you perceive it is needed.
Remember # You have been shown compassion, so it’s time for you to reach out.