The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus
How does Jesus see you? Is it based on your efforts or is it all about His goodness? In this video, Friar Brennan Manning reveals a God who is relentlessly compassionate.
Jesus was moved with compassion. His gut was wrenched, his heart torn open and the most vulnerable part of His being laid bare. Compassion is such a deep, central, powerful emotion of Jesus Christ that it can only be described as a movement.
When He was moved with compassion, the ground of all being shook, the source of all life trembled, the heart of all love burst open and the unfathomable depths of His relentless tenderness was laid bare.
The numerous physical healings performed by Jesus and recorded in the Gospels are only a hint of the anguish in the heart of God’s son for humanity. Even the passion and death of Jesus on Calvary is only a hint and the substance of our faith lies in our conviction that beyond that hint lies compassion and love beyond measure.
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
–Matthew 9:35-38 (NKJV)