Tuesday 5 January 2021
1 John 4:7-10. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you – Psalm 71(72):1-4, 7-8. Mark 6:34-44.
Jesus scoops us up and carries us along
I haven’t counted the times the phrase ‘Jesus was filled with pity for them’ appears in the Gospels, but it moves me whenever I read it. In Mark’s Gospel it says that when Jesus got out of the boat he saw a large crowd ‘and his heart was full of pity for them’. Jesus had gone off on the boat to be alone and find some rest, but the people had found out where he was landing and rushed there. I cannot imagine my first response to seeing a large crowd waiting for me, (when all I wanted was some time out) would have been a heart full of pity. I know I would have been bothered by the sight of them, and aware of my own tiredness and need for a break. However, Jesus’ love for us is so all encompassing, that he can only think of us and our needs, not his. Jesus, thank you for your heart full of pity that so often scoops us up and carries us along, even when your own arms are heavy with tiredness.
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