"When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things."
Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a
desire to alleviate it
So what is true compassion?
True compassion does not do for others what they must do for themselves in order to grow.
Compassion does not jump in and take over.
It does not make you feel exhausted or depleted.
True compassion feels out of a sense of self, not obligation or a false sense of responsibility.
It understands what you are going through, rather than joining the fear and sees the lesson, the blessing, and the victory at the end.
Great compassion does not join the victim in mentally blaming others and will stand strong with you supporting acceptance.
It knows that through all things, in spite of the situation, all work together for the greater good. It takes vision to be compassionate.
This type of understanding only comes when you have a healthy, honorable, affirming relationship with yourself. Through this can you only master the same with others by being compassionate. When you are comfortable with yourself and your own life, you will then thwart recent attempts of being compassionate by being too nice or imparting your great philosophy on others. Instead, you will share that beautiful energy with others provided by the great blessing of our Lord. A true powerful, insightful person understands that he gives light through gentle teaching and understanding which allows the victim to work through life lessons.
In Mark, Christ ventures out into the crowd being compassionate. He does not evoke his omnipotent will, striking everyone down with his benevolent wisdom. Instead, he gently prods allowing his vision to shed light and illuminate the possibilities that stand before the crowd. He allows each to formulate his own craft, his own life lesson, to be learned, and promises victory