Scripture Reading: The Temptation of Jesus
I attended a workshop a while back, probably about a year and a half ago. The topic of the workshop was compassion fatigue. The term speaks for itself and applies mostly to anyone who is in a people helping profession. But I think the term compassion fatigue applies in a broader sense to anyone who cares. It applies to people like you and me, compassionate people informed by our faith and a moral code of loving our neighbor. Being compassionate is one of the things that helps define us as Christians. Our sense of compassion not only helps define us, but it’s what often drives us to support worthy causes. It is what, as we say in our Creed, gives us courage in the struggle for justice and peace. In short, we consider ourselves a people who are concerned for others. Who are concerned for those who are in dire need of basic life-sustaining resources. Concerned for those to whom basic human rights are denied and we are concerned for those who have been victimized. The spectrum for concern is overwhelming.