Reflection for the Second Week of Advent


In this Sunday’s first reading (1saiah 40:1-5,9-11) we hear:‘Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly … The Lord God will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep’. As FCJs we speak of a companionship that urges us to communion, embracing all persons and all things, excluding no-one and no thing from our love and compassion. (GC 2008) Sometimes it is easier to have compassion for the person beside me than to have it for myself; sometimes it is easier to feel compassion for victims of a faraway tragedy than to have it for the person beside me!

pope-francis-lambIn the February 2014 letter to consecrated religious men and women written in preparation for the one of the two main themes is ‘Comfort, comfort my people’ and Pope Francis is quoted: People today certainly need words, but most of all they need us to bear witness to the mercy and tenderness of the Lord which warms the heart, rekindles hope, and attracts people towards the good. What a joy it is to bring God’s consolation to others! (from his homily to women and men at the beginning of their commitment).

FCJ Word
Our fragile, fragmented world hungers for compassionate presence.   (FCJ General Chapter 2013)

Who, today, are the people who need (or the person who needs) my compassionate thinking,
my compassionate presence?

Post published on the FCJ Website


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