Compassionate Living - II
By: Angela Tuttle | Last Updated: 07/20/2012 13:58
The word “compassion” comes from Latin words meaning “to suffer with.” It is the virtue of empathy for the suffering of others, which prompts a strong desire to alleviate that suffering. Jesus, through the Incarnation, IS the compassion of God for us.
In the Jewish tradition, God is the Compassionate who reveals his mercy to us through his Word. This is confirmed in St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 1:3-5:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.