- He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1)
- Never turn your face from the poor, and God will never turn his from you. (Tobit 4:7)
- Make your own the heart of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)
- Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” (Mark 1:41)
- The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. (Luke 4:18)
- Contemplate how the Three Divine Persons were looking upon the whole extent and space of the earth, filled with human beings. (Saint Ignatius, Spiritual Exercises 102) […] The first Point is, to see the various persons: and first those on the surface of the earth, in such variety, in dress as in actions: some white and others black; some in peace and others in war; some weeping and others laughing; some well, others ill; some being born and others dying, etc. (ibid. 106)
God, the Father of Jesus and our Father, wishes to make his compassion present in the world in and through us, his disciples. We are invited to make our own the Father’s loving gaze upon humanity and to act with the Heart of Jesus Christ. We are sent out to the margins of human life in different ways, together with his Son. We are sent to the places where men and women are suffering injustice, to help heal and support the brokenhearted. Even if we are physically constrained or limited by illness, and even if we feel incapable of changing the unjust structures of society, we participate of this mission making ours God’s gaze of compassion towards our brothers and sisters. We can convey it to others, since we ourselves have been graced by God’s compassion. It is our way of giving love in return to his love for us (reparation). We go beyond the boundaries of the Church, for the Spirit of Jesus is where compassion is. Through both prayer and concrete actions, we can join people from different cultures and religious traditions, people open to this Spirit, and work to relieve the suffering of those most in need.