Responding with Christ’s compassion

The Doctor's Life Support for 13 March

‘Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’

John 15: 13

God is love. It’s so easy to take this for granted and overlook the response then called for in us. Love caused God to give. It is incredible that he came here as a weak, vulnerable and dependent baby. Jesus Christ, living in our world, revealed the Father’s character and love. We, too, are called to share in other people’s lives, despite often feeling uncomfortable and vulnerable. Even such costly giving is made possible by love. Love caused God to listen. The Bible tells us how he listened to the cry of the poor, needy, alien or outcast, and still hears our cries. We, too, are called to listen and respond to the cries around us. Love caused God to be obedient. Jesus, as God made man, was perfectly obedient to his Father. We, too, need to be wholly obedient to him, only made possible through the Holy Spirit’s help and teaching. Love caused God to cross barriers. Jesus crossed just about every social barrier of his day, associating with women, Samaritans, tax collectors and lepers. He was a friend of outcasts and sinners. We, too, are called to cross barriers, despite any prejudice we may feel towards addicted or unpleasant patients. It is not always easy, but we are called to follow Christ’s example and to do it. We cannot give what we do not have. Only as we receive and know Christ’s love and mercy for ourselves can we pass it on to others. Prayer: Father, your love isn’t natural to us except by your Spirit. Please grow more in us so that we can respond with your love and mercy for those around us. Amen.

Written by Sophia Lamb Rep. from Ireland

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