BIBLE READING|MATTHEW 8:1-4
In Kolkata, capital of West Bengal State in India, Mother Teresa’s simple grave located inside The Mother House of the Missionary of Charity, the place she worked and lived for several years compels no visible physical attraction, splendour or grandiose. Yet, the place is one of the most visited places in India by Tourists who troupe in there in hundreds almost daily to see where this 1979 Nobel Peace Prize Winner lived, worked and died. She selflessly served the hungry, naked, homeless, the poor, blind, lepers, unwanted, unloved and uncared for.
Mother Teresa lived her entire life to serve the poor and deprived. She was driven by compassion. The die-hard believers in the Caste System in India may not have liked her, but they could not deny her compassion and service
to the poor and unwanted of society which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jesus physically touched lepers to heal them (vs. 3; Mk. 1:40-45). In Luke 13:13, he touched a woman who was bent over for 18 years and she straightened up. Jesus modelled compassion and love for the sick, poor, unwanted and marginalized. On the contrary, the Pharisees and Synagogue leaders respected the law more than the sick and the poor.
Do we see people around us as undeserving of compassion and love, especially if, in our opinion they are breaking some religious laws or protocol? This was the position of the religious elites of Jesus time. Will you allow the compassion in you well up and treat fellow humans with love and dignity, following Jesus example?
PRAYER: Father Lord, I ask for grace to show compassion to those you will bring my way today, even when they appear unlovable in my opinion.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |2 CHRONICLES 19-20 & JOHN 13:21-38