The Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can . . . find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
In today’s bible reading of Luke 9:1-17 we read the story of Jesus feeding a crowd of thousands of people. Throughout His ministry He was compassionate toward human suffering, displayed power over creation, the ability to sustain life, and involving others in responding to human needs. We also see God’s grace and providence intertwine as Jesus sends the disciples out “to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
God, help us to see the needs of others not as interruptions to our day, but rather as opportunities to reflect the love of Christ for people who need it. In his name, Amen.
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”– Martin Luther King Jr.
EXAMPLES OF RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
We have daily opportunities to come alongside the people around us. It could mean dropping by the hospital or the nursing home for a visit. Perhaps it involves cooking a meal for someone. Maybe it includes simply listening to another person’s story. When we seek to provide what Jesus offers, we reflect a beautiful picture of God’s compassion and care for others.
Here are a few more examples:
- Giving compliments
- Giving gifts
- Saying kind words
- Showing gratitude
- Doing an act of service for someone else
- Being respectful
- Noticing good things that others do
- Giving your time to someone else