05 Aug 2019; Moved by Compassion

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Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings; Num. 11: 4-15, Mt. 14:13-21

Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome

Thus goes the saying, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” Fundamentally, human life on earth is bound by norms and regulations. Still we find that injustice is a common phenomenon everywhere. Why? If one is to deeply reflect, would realize that there is lack of cooperation from the part of each individual. There is certainly gap between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have not. Poor are becoming poorer day by day, but the rich go on gathering (certainly not all/ it’s not a generalization either), to the extent that it sounds like for them life on earth is eternal. If introspect ourselves, we will find how true Shakespeare was, when he said in the play ‘Hamlet’ – “We fatten all creatures, to fatten ourselves and we fatten ourselves, to fatten the worms tomorrow.”

But today’s scripture reading invites us to have a different outlook in our life, that it to move by compassion. To be moved by compassion is not to feel pity, rather it is a deeply heart felt emotion that leads to action. We feel one with the other, and the other becomes our own. Our Lord Himself shows by exemplifying it in action. As found in the first reading, when Israelites were in need of food and demanded meat, He doesn’t deny rather provides them with love, without any complaints. In the gospel we find people flocking behind the compassionate Jesus. When the disciples wanted to send the people away to find their own food, Jesus moved by compassion multiplies bread and fish so as to feed more than 2,000 who had gathered. We have various opportunities knocking at our door. Only if we are ready to open the door of our hearts will be able to get moving in reaching out to thousands who still long for compassion and mercy. May our little acts of compassion bring more glory to our heavenly Father and certain amount of balance in the society we live.

 

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