What would our lives look like if our moral compass was guided by what breaks Jesus’ heart? Could our actions and words possibly be the same once we reflect upon the heartache of our Lord? He must agonize every time one of His children goes hungry. Shouldn’t we also despair when our brother holds a sign that says, “Will work for food.”? Can we feel the same heartache He does as He watches an elderly woman consumed with loneliness or a bullied teenager struggling with depression?
It is often easy to ignore the suffering that happens all around us. We have our own share of struggles and difficulties and we are consumed by the busy and the mundane in our lives. And we make ourselves feel better believing that the car behind us will give a few dollars to the homeless man, or the other neighbor will go visit the old woman around the block. But what if they don’t? And all the while Jesus watches on with great sadness.
As His disciples, and as our brothers’ keepers, let us always live our lives and measure our actions with this in mind. Let us never be comfortable with hunger or violence or loneliness. As servants and followers of Christ, we honor Him by caring for the least of us. Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.