December 17, 2019
Jesus saw people and felt their pain, loneliness, misery, hopelessness and desperation — even when it was hidden in plain sight from everyone else. The Greek verb translated “had compassion” or “moved with compassion” in the Gospels is the word splagchnizomai. It means to be deeply moved in the inward parts. Today, we might say it means to be so moved we feel it in our core, deep within ourselves — in our gut. But to feel compassion is not only to encounter an emotion, it’s to be moved to action.