36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
Seldom has a human culture been as disoriented as the current American culture. In a unique combination of natural, spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical issues we have been bombarded with a litany of questions for which we have no answers and yet we must struggle on. People were in a very similar situation when Jesus came and He felt compassion for them because of it. They were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd -- just like America is today. In both cases, there is no shepherd because they have rejected the Good Shepherd. Suddenly pre-school children through sixty-year-old men and women can’t positively discern their gender. Substance abuse is killing countless victims every day. Abortion sends thousands more to heaven every day. We can’t start or stop a war without caustic confusion. We have a pandemic that has become a political football, a device largely useful for control by self-serving “authorities”. Socialism is always at the door and lately seems to be gaining acceptance and its impact is harsh and immediate. Our economy teeters on the brink of collapse as deficit spending continues to spiral out of control. Border security is an apparently unsolvable problem right along with homelessness. I could go on.
My friend, the Good Shepherd extends His hands of compassion as He offers hope for those who will believe in Him, receive Him, and follow Him. He invites you, have you said, “Yes”?
Are you ready to extend compassion to someone who needs it right now?