TO JESUS, fully alive human beings resemble the living essence of God. God made us in God’s image, fashioned from a sacred blueprint. To the extent that God’s essence is compassion, our essence, likewise, is compassion. When we are most true to ourselves, most in harmony with our created essence, we mirror the very likeness of God. Rooted and restored in God’s love and delight, we become persons of emboldened compassion.
—Frank Rogers Jr. , Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
A prayer of compassion from Mother Teresa
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your spirit.
Lord, free us and make us one. Amen
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