Capsule for the Day
Compassion is a common word in our contemporary society. Almost every Tom, Dick and Harry claims to know what compassion is and talks about it. And it is interesting what we all think about compassion. Many of us feel it is allowing the other to do/become what he or she feels.
So, there are many, many things we condone in the name of compassion. And no one dares to question them unless he or she wants the label "very uncompassionate". It is either you let me do/become what I feel, want or you are not compassionate. Really? Yes! This is "compassion".
But we don’t get it, do we? That allowing others to do/become what they feel isn't always compassion. Compassion is deeper. It is suffering with others in hope. For instance, Christ suffered with us in hope that our pain will become our gain. As a result, He didn't let us do/become what we feel, but what we ought.
Fr. Francis Afu