...there now flows a constant stream of tenderness, a stream in which all petty desires seem to have been extinquished. All that matters now is to be kind to each other with all the goodness that is in me.
The image of the Body of Christ is vital and helpful when it comes to living compassionately. Each of us is a part of the whole, with the Spirit of Jesus uniting us.
Scripture contains images of this unity, paticularly in the description of the one body that has many members. If one member sufffers, all suffer together with it. If one member is honored, all rejoice together . Each and every part of the whole is significant and worthy.
All peoples are our brothers and sisters. We are to be the presence of God to each other. There is oneness of Love bonding us to all of life.
One way of being a sign of God's great compassion is by praying for and with others. Each morning I pray for all the members of my family, my friends, our government leaders, our military and yes, even for our enemies (that they may have a change of heart.) I also pray for all the prayer requests that are sent to me by the prayer group I belong to. In this way I am reminded of my oneness with others and the call to be a messenger of God's love .
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of body, though many, are one body so it is with Christ.... Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Prayer adapted from the prayer
of John Cardinal Newman
Dear God, help me to spread your love everywhere I go. Penetrate and possess my whole being so fully that all my life will reflect your compassion. Shine through me and be so in me that every person I meet will feel your presence in my spirit.
Today I wll intentionally offer compassion to someone I know who is in need of my understanding, kindness and care.
'On Ya' - ma