“Be human in the most inhuman of ages.” – Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable
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At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.
The people following Jesus were not the “in” crowd.
They were not the ones on top in society.
They were “troubled and abandoned.”
These were the types of people that Jesus drew and also the people that Jesus chose to be with – the ones who were not popular.
Who are the troubled, abandoned, rejected, left-out, and unpopular ones today?
Those are the ones Jesus wants to be with.
Those are the ones the followers of Jesus are called to be with.
This directive should be the criteria by which we vote, shop, and live every aspect of our lives.
When we look upon such people, are we moved with pity, or perhaps a better word would be empathy?
Or, do we ridicule and judge?
Being a Christian is far from easy.
As G.K. Chesterton once said: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”
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