Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How do you express your solidarity with the poor? - Daily Reflections August 10, 2016

The one thing that Jesus was determined to destroy was suffering — the suffering of the poor and the oppressed. But the only way to do it is to give up all wordly values and suffer the consequences. Only the willingness to suffer can conquer the suffering world. Compassion destroys suffering by suffering with and on behalf of those who suffer. It means suffering in solidarity with the needy and the afflicted. But we can come close to another person only when we are willing to become vulnerable ourselves.
       George T. Therukattil, in his book, Priest, Human Face of Divine Compassion, says it clearly, “A compassionate person says, ‘I am your brother, I am your sister, I am human, fragile, and mortal just like you. I am not scandalized by your tears, nor afraid of your pain. I, too, have wept. I, too, have felt pain.’”
       Compassion enables us to journey with the poor and to be in solidarity with them in their darkness, struggle and anguish. In solidarity with them, Jesus died to Himself like the grain of wheat that fell on the earth. By emptying Himself, He was able to touch many aching hearts. He embraced
many weeping souls and gave power and strength to those in despair.
       The most powerful message of Jesus’ death was His unquenchable compassion for us. Out of compassion, He evangelized the poor and freed them from human miseries. Out of compassion, Jesus taught the people not just to do acts of mercy but to be merciful.
       From the cross, Jesus calls us to love fully. We welcome the kingdom of service which Jesus brought to us in solidarity with everyone, especially with the marginalized who most need our friendship. Fr. Alex Balatbat
REFLECTION QUESTION: How do you express your solidarity with the poor?
Lord Jesus, You trusted in Your Father’s protection. Give us that same confidence and we will gladly suffer with You and for You in our marginalized brothers and sisters. Let our solidarity with them be our sacrifice of praise. Amen.

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