Compassion...is the strength that arises out of seeing the true nature of suffering in the world. Compassion allows to bear witness to that suffering, whether it is in ourselves or others, without fear; it allows us to name injustice without hesitation, and to act strongly, with all the skill at our disposal
Compassion has a price. It does not come without a cost. When we speak out and take a stand against injustice, our compassion can cost us ridicule, rejection, loss of friends, and even termination of our job.
When we are willing to help someone in physical or emotional pain, our compassion can cost us our time and energy.
Compassion invites us to move out of our comfortable zones.
Compassion refuses to accept excuses of busyness, ignorance, or helplessness. We are invited to reach out to those who suffer.
When we think of the great sacrifice that compassion asks, we see Mary mother of Jesus standing at the foot of the cross. Standing there bravely with the greatest sorrow a mother could have. Compassion cost Mary's son his life. Both Mary and Jesus know the price of compassion.
Scripture: John 19:25-27
Standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother , and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene...Jesus saw his mother and the diciple whom he loved standing beside her.
I once volunteered at our local hospital playing and teaching the dulcimer.
It was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. I visited the psychiatric ward twice a month for over a year. One day I was playing an old folk song, and one of the patients said how she loved that old song , that it brought back some good memories.
Afterward, the nurse on duty told me that was the first time that woman had talked in years. It was truly a miracle sent from God.
(The song was 'Wildwood Flower')
Mary's life teaches us to suffer with others even when it costs me to do so.
Today I will offer thanks for someone who paid a price for offering compassion to me.
I will place myself beneath the cross of another who may need my compassion.
'On Ya' - ma