Matthew remembers that Jesus was full of compassion. Indeed Jesus was powerfully motivated, perhaps even driven, to act on his compassion. You can click here for the passages in Matthew that describe the compassion-oriented ministry of Jesus.
Compassion ministries have been intricately connected to effective evangelism throughout the history of the Church. More opportunities to act with compassion exist today than ever before. Every community contains a large segment of people in need and in pain. Poor, homeless, addicted, disabled, and grieving people live all around us.
Jesus, form our heart after your heart of enormous compassion. Transform our will so that we can act out of your compassion. Empower us to do what we cannot do without your help. Amen.