Compassion

COMPASSION

Not Me but God

2 Corinthians 5:14-21 English Standard Version (ESV)

“14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[b] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

“Compassion lies at the heart of our prayer for our fellow human beings. When I pray for the world, I become the world; when I pray for the endless needs of the millions, my soul expands and wants to embrace them all and bring them into the presence of God. But in the midst of that experience I realize that compassion is not mine but God’s gift to me. I cannot embrace the world, but God can. I cannot pray, but God can pray in me. When God became as we are, that is, when God allowed all of us to enter into his intimate life, it became possible for us to share in his infinite compassion.
In praying for others, I lose myself and become the other, only to be found by the divine love that holds the whole of humanity in a compassionate embrace.” Fr. Henry Nouwen

“Today we are witnessing an immense longing for relational, mutually empowering feminine qualities at every level of our society . . . which have become far too warlike, competitive, individualistic, mechanistic, and non-contemplative. (Tuesday)

In blessed Mother’s view, all are lovable; all souls are accepted, all carry a sweetness of heart, are beautiful to the eyes; worthy of consciousness, of being inspired, being helped, being comforted and protected—even if other mere humans believe foolishly or blindly to the contrary. —Clarissa Pinkola Estés (Wednesday)

My God is an incarnate feminine power, who smells like vanilla and is full of sass and truth, delivered with kindness. She’ll do anything for her creation; her love is fierce. She weeps when we do and insists on justice. She is God. She is Love. —Jacqui Lewis (Thursday)

The feminine . . . is shifting the global paradigm from one of dominance and individualized salvation to one of collective awakening and service to all beings. —Mirabai Starr (Friday)” Daily Meditations by Richard Rhor

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Second Corinthians 5 calls us to be an Ambassador for Christ, “making his appeal through us.”

The appeal is one of  loving ourselves and our neighbor. Jesus lived a life of love, even to the point of death.

Yesterday as I went to the post office I bought an individual a sweat shirt, gave another  socks, another  food, and a person walking by said: “I see you are doing your job today.” The truth is it is not just my  job, it is the job of all of us, it is being an “Ambassador for Christ.”

We are all called to be an “Ambassador for Christ,” and if that would happen, there would be a new attitude on our streets, our state, our nation, and our world. If each one of us would feed one person a day, give one person a day a set of  clothes, insist they get medical and mental health treatment, give of our money for housing, the world would be changed. In the twinkling of an eye, we would live in a new world. Our political leaders and candidates  would certainly be talking about homelessness and climate change, rather than ignoring the questions.

Personally I believe when  we enter  into ourselves, spend twenty minutes a day alone, going for a walk, sitting, swimming, any activity one can do alone, and simply stay in silence, our lives would change, for we would see our own neediness, our own fears, our own struggles, and in doing so see them in others, and enter into new relationships with all. We would live without fear. We need to recover the divine feminine within us, and in so doing  we recover  love for our fellow human beings and creation. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

 

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