Mercy over memes

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, ‘I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. (Mark 8:1-2)
 
This was part of tonight’s lesson at Evening Prayer. Jesus had compassion on the crowd that followed him. These looky-loos generally misunderstood him and, although they wanted a savior, they had a desperate, short term vision of what a savior would do (see John 6:10-15)
 
Still, he had compassion on them in their need, not because it would do him good, but because he was, is and will always be the perfect expression of God.
 
jesus-feeding-the-crowd
From Church of the Beatitudes

We have opportunity to grow in his likeness when we have compassion on those grabbing here and there for the wrong kind of savior, and those who don’t get what we’re about and will turn away in disgust when we are not useful to their view of what’s needed.

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