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Shaping our hearts with compassion

Dr Iain Jamieson June 18, 2022 0 4
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Matthew 9: 27-34 (NRSVA)

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ 30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, ‘See that no one knows of this.’ 31 But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

32 After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, ‘Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.’ 34 But the Pharisees said, ‘By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.’

Have mercy on us Son of David.

Pretty much sums up current events doesn’t it, wars and rumours of wars, poverty and famine — a planet on the brink of environmental collapse.

Have mercy on us Son of David.

Maybe we start by having mercy on each other. Maybe a good place to think about this is by having mercy inculcated into our pores.

The revolution brothers and sisters start’s right here in our hearts.

We need to be orientated towards love first, kindness first and compassion always.

Compassion in all its forms, to those less fortunate than you, to the person that hurt you — turn the other cheek. When you see someone fall in front of you, pick them up. Compassion will reward when anger will only ever take.

The whole Gospel is founded on this unending compassion shown towards you by the one that made you. The very least any of us can do is pass it on to our fellow man, our planet, but perhaps also ourselves.

We need show ourselves compassion so that we might show compassion to others, to our world.

We can experience the compassion of our creator by simply inviting, opening the door and letting it descend.




Have mercy on us Son of David

Let the spirit of compassion surround and enfold me

Let its fire burn in my veins to do the right thing

Let me bask in its cool waters when I just don’t get it right and things go wrong

At the break of day and at the fall of night let compassion be on my lips and right here in my heart

From this day forth and forever