From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”’

Here we see a scene where Jesus’ compassion results in timely action, similar to the feeding of the four thousand: ‘Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”’

Jesus’ compassion on both occasions is deeply felt – the Greek word  has the sense of something almost physical. Let us open ourselves to His compassion, pouring out on our deepest need, and may God bless you this day.