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sexta-feira, 1 de julho de 2016
PASSION AND COMPASSION
offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.
Isaiah 50:6 (read Isaiah 50:4-9) NIV
meditation, we use the word "passion to mean the suffering that is caused
by "compassion”. Compassion is feeling touched by the suffering of others
and the desire to relieve them. Passion and compassion are inextricably linked.
Compassion means “to suffer with”.
background of the text reproduced above, there are many parallels with the
present day. The people were discouraged and tired and had little prospect of
improvement. Their calamities came one after another, one worse than the other
with no solutions or relief. This story still continuously repeats itself.
Isaiah, had assumed the role of "Servant of God". He sought to
deliver a message to reverse the situation. But his actions only brought
complications to his life. He even became an object of scorn and abuse of the
people whom he wanted to help. His compassion for the suffering of his people
made him suffer.
later, the followers of Jesus saw in the prophet Isaiah a parallel in the life
and ministry of their Master. Jesus, too, moved by compassion, gave his life to
save his people. He, too, ended up being attacked and killed by the same people
whom he wanted to help. Christianity adopted the cross as the symbol of the
relationship between passion and compassion.
Suffering is a
common theme in the Bible where the word "suffering" appears 88
times, "to suffer" 75, "suffered"13, "suffers"
12, "distressed" 28, "distress" 65, "to cry" 65,
"crying" 34, "tears" 40 and "sadness" 112. In
only these ten words, the theme appears 532 times. The frequency of this theme
in the Bible reflects its presence in real life. Suffering is one of the
inevitable realities of life in the yesterdays and the todays.
suffering is that which is the result of human selfishness. It is precisely
this that presents the biggest challenge. Evil people call for violence when
they feel threatened. The list of martyrs is great both inside and outside of
the Bible. In our days the persecution, criminalization or assassination of the
honest and courageous people who stand in the way of the interests of the
corrupt and unscrupulous in both private and public sectors is common. Even
within the religious and charitable institutions those who displease those in
power are persecuted and discriminated against. Today’s reprisals go beyond
back beating, beard pulling, mocking and spitting.
It is dangerous
for those who have compassion for the victims of selfishness and try to get to
the roots of social evil. It is safer to do good in a way that does not offend
anybody. Limiting ourselves to giving alms, offerings and tithes usually
doesn’t threaten those in power and makes us feel good about ourselves.
What is the
extent of our "com-passion"? Our hope is in those who take on the
role of Isaiah and Jesus in society outside the churches by taking to the “streets”
where the wronged and suffering people are found.
50:4-9 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed
to know the
word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
ear to listen like one being instructed.