Weekly Sermon Illustration: Compassion
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.
On December 27, 2015 we will celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas. Here is this week's reading from the book of Colossians:
As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
The following excerpt was originally published in Wishful Thinking and later in Beyond Words.
Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it's like to live inside somebody else's skin.
It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.