Loving Compassion and Healing Action
Like cracking concrete, men began
to feel a life pushing its way up out of the hardness of their parched souls as
they listened to the words of Jesus. The song of the Lamb was restoring hope in
the hearts of God’s people. Never had they experienced so much joy and
acceptance as they felt in this Man’s presence. His love was like a magnet,
drawing all of Israel if it would let Him. His words flowed soothingly over
their spirits as they lifted their shame. The people found themselves avoiding
more and more the presence of their religious rulers but pursuing with
desperation the loving presence of Jesus.
Jesus’ passionate devotion to the poor did not go unnoticed by the surrounding
They streamed to Him in ever-growing numbers—the broken, the sick, the
helpless, sinners, lunatics, demon-possessed, common folk, prostitutes, rebels,
the disinherited, and the dispossessed. No one felt unwelcome.
earthly ministry, Jesus could never escape the crowds of people irresistibly
drawn to His tenderness. His divine alliance of loving compassion and healing
action drew the hopeful to Him day after day. There was no rest from the people
who desperately followed Him wherever He went—but His shepherd’s heart could not
resist these poor, lost sheep.
And the blossoming of earth? One thing
about him, however, he was never known to desert other people if they had
trouble. When women were in tears, he stayed by their side. When old folks were
lonely, he was with them quietly. It was nothing miraculous, but the sunken eyes
overflowed with love more profound than a miracle. And regarding those who
deserted him, those who betrayed him, not a word of resentment came to his lips.
No matter what happened, he was a man of sorrows, and he prayed for nothing but
their salvation. (Shusaku Endo)