I was listening to a news story about the late Gloria Vanderbilt. I honestly don’t know much about her or her life. But, at the end of the story, the news person said she had this phrase painted on one of the walls in her home: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. The phrase has been a tribute to the ancient philosopher, Plato, Philo of Alexandria and others. For some reason, this phrase makes me think of the experiences I have had with people where their reactions to situations made, absolutely no sense. Road rage pops to mind here. When a person goes into some tirade over something so, utterly insignificant, we have to ask, “What is the real, underlying issue this person is facing?” In Matthew 9: 35 – 38, we read of Jesus’ deep understanding and compassion for the people around him: 35 Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. 36 As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 So he said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. 38 Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.” Jesus knew then, and he knows now that people are continually fighting hard battles, “like sheep without a shepherd.” He knows, and he can calm their storms with his love and guidance. As Christians, we need to be Christ to the world. Help the worried and the helpless; treat people in the same way he treated people then and now! We need to show compassion to those who are hungry, homeless, and struggling to survive. At any point in our lives, we could wind up as wondering refugees. Christ IS compassion. If we call ourselves his followers, then we do too.