We can ask God: Can you feel my pain or laugh with me, you who are eternal, beyond all pain and laughter? Only a human heart can feel pain or laugh; yet, each human heart was made by you. There can be nothing in my heart that is not first in you. You gave your Son a human heart. He is eternal like you and human like me. Is not his heart your heart able to feel my pain and laughter?
What is compassion? Webster defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of another’s distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Pity experiences sorrow but may do nothing to help. Pity is not actually immersed in the pain. God does more than pity human beings in the distress of our human condition. He has reached out through the heart of Jesus who shares with us. The compassion of Jesus reflects something in the mind and heart of his Father—something that is there by the very nature of God.
You have made me for yourself, Lord; what do I have on earth besides you and what more than you can I want in heaven? You alone can fulfill all of me, the part that is human and the part that aspires to the divine.