Imagine how Jesus must have felt after the death of his dear cousin, John the Baptist. “I’ve got to get away and be alone for a while,” he thought. Perhaps he found himself thinking about what might happen to him if he kept doing what God his Father wanted of him, just as St. John did. Yet greater than any worry about himself, Jesus felt deep compassion for the crowds who kept pressing after him. “They were like sheep without a shepherd” (v. 34). The word for “compassion” used in the original Greek language is one of very deep inner feelings—like one’s stomach turning from being so upset.
Spend lots of time today thinking about the love and compassion Jesus has for you. Not only that, but Jesus wants to share with you his same feelings of love for others, so that he can continue to have all that compassion through you.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
One with You in compassion
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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