Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mechthild: compassion

Thursday, November 19, 2015
    Feast of Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680
    Commemoration of Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary, Philanthropist, 1231
    Commemoration of Mechtild, Bèguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, Prophet, 1280
    [Jesus:] “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
    —Luke 6:31 (NIV)
    If you love Jesus Christ more than you fear human judgment, then you will not only speak of compassion, but act with it. Compassion means seeing your friend and your enemy in equal need, and helping both equally. It demands that you seek and find the stranger, the broken, the prisoner, and comfort him and offer him your help. Herein lies the holy compassion of God that causes the devil much distress.
    ... Mechthild of Magdeburg (ca. 1212-ca. 1282), Meditations, p. 143 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:31; Ps. 35:12-13; Matt. 5:43-45; 10:42; Luke 6:27-28; 10:33; Rom. 12:12; 1 Cor. 12:26; Gal. 6:2; Heb. 13:3; 1 John 3:17; 4:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, move me to the deeds of compassion.
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