Imagine that you are one of the disciples and Jesus is demanding you to deal with the people, asking for help. But you ask Jesus to send them away, he says, “You give them something to eat”. But you protest, “I’ve no more than_____”. In order to fill in the blank, take an inventory of the resources of your life: your personal, family, intellectual, material, physical and spiritual resources. Picture yourself placing these resources in Jesus’ hands, one by one, until the last resource is you- resting in the arms of Jesus.
Jesus showed compassion on the people and met their needs. How about imitating Christ’s compassion by putting the needs of others ahead of our own? How about staying up late with a disappointed relative or friend rather than getting our sleep? Let our schedule be interrupted to comfort or listen to somebody else.