Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. — 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
This issue of the Beacon focuses on compassion. Jesus provided the ultimate examples of com- passion during His life on earth and in His teachings for the ages. He showed great compassion to those in need; many of His miracles involved healing the sick and ministering to the outcast. But Jesus showed compassion not only to those suffering from illness or circumstances beyond their control. He also showed tender mercy to those who had sinned – in other words, to all of mankind.
When we are sick, when we grieve, when we’re misunderstood and mistreated, and yes, even when we sin, Jesus has compassion for us.
In the following pages, you’ll meet people who seek to emulate Christ’s compassion for the sick, the weak, and the lost. Their stories serve as a reminder that when we see another who is in need, we would do well to model our response upon the great compassion that Christ has shown to us all.