March 8, 2012 by bobet888
“Abraham replied, ‘My child,
remember that you received what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;
but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.'”
– Matthew 16 : 19 – 31
|March 8, 2012 Bible Reading and Gospel|
Our words “compassion” and “sympathy” come from Latin and Greek roots that mean to “suffer with.” Our personal suffering makes us more humane and opens us up to the plight of others. Our vision becomes more perceptive of other’s hardships, and our hearts become quicker to respond compassionately. Yet suffering can be a double-edged sword, for it can also push us into envy, hatred, bitterness and isolation if we are proud, or if we forget that God permits trials to purify our love.
Lord Jesus, fill me with yourself, so that I may radiate you. Anything that is not you cripples my efforts to give you to others. Rid me of my selfishness. Make me your apostle.