What can we do about the injustices of this world? There is a time and place for various kinds of action. Always, however, the Christian attitude is one of mourning as Jesus did while doing what we can to alleviate the agony. This has a meaning for our prayer. Prayer doesn’t have to be a pleasant experience. Oneness with the divine and human compassion of Jesus can mean weeping as he did. The Holy Spirit lets us know when it is time to grieve in prayer or time to confront oppression. Meanwhile it is always possible to reach out to the poor with love and whatever help we can muster. The poor are with us always and everywhere.
The compassion of Jesus is personal. This quality of the compassion of the Christian is important. We are followers of One who loved not an abstract human-kind but real human beings. People look to the disciples of Jesus to have a heart for them because Jesus had and has a heart for them.
Lord Jesus, I grieve as you did over the sufferings of your people. Let me not turn a deaf ear to the cry of your poor. Give me a truly human heart, for their sake and for my own.