“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”
-The parable of the prodigal son presents the compassion of a father to a lost son. When the young man came to his senses, he repented saying “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” A reflection of humility in repentance leading to reconciliation with the Father. The father; proud of his son who was dead to sin was made alive and was lost in the world and was found in the kingdom of God; and clothed in a robe, ring and sandals affirming his sonship. A fattened calf was also slaughtered for celebration; a reflection of rejoicing in heaven among the angels when one sinner comes to repentance. Through this parable we are reminded that we are children of God through Christ and should always remain steadfast through faith in Him which yields righteousness and eternal life.
Compassion is Gods’ nature and through His unending love enhances our relationships with Him through reconciliation and faith. Jesus has shown us good examples of compassion and love for His people. For instance; Jesus showed compassion on the multitudes who had not eaten for three days (Mat 15:32), He healed many who were sick (Mat 14:14), He healed the two blind men when He was coming from Jericho; out of compassion (Mat 20:34) and taught the multitudes who were like sheep without a shepherd (Mk 6:34). Compassion is in our human nature that ignites love for others and acts of kindness and mercy. Compassion is a form of love and is aroused within us when we are confronted with those who suffer or are vulnerable. Compassion often produces action to alleviate suffering for it is a unique Christian response to edify the vulnerable. Though pride and self righteousness excludes us from mercy but humility and repentance brings us to the Father. It is only through Gods’ grace that we are able to perform acts of compassion, overcome temptations, remain steadfast in His will and embrace His Kingdom principles as He directs us. As we learn these principles; we are able to unlearn them through our thoughts, words and deeds, as we emulate the Father. Through this; we are called to forgive those who offend us as the Father forgives us, to show compassion to the poor and needy as the Father is full of compassion and kindness, to treat others as we would like them to treat us, to love one another as we love ourselves and to take our place of dominion that we may occupy until Christ comes back.
Thank You Jesus for Your great compassion and mercy upon us, we praise You and exult You forever. Father, we have sinned against heaven and against You, we are no longer worthy to be called your children, have mercy on us and cover us with Your precious blood. Grant us grace and hearts full of compassion Lord that we may love You always and share in Your love and mercy through our thoughts, words and deeds. Guide us Father in works of charity and spreading Your good news as You have called each one of us. Thank You Father for making us Your children; increase our faith in You. Be exulted Jesus; now and forever. Amen
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