Compassion is not just an emotion
Not all kinds of misfortune or unfortunate circumstances can trigger compassion.
When characters in the gospels or the parables seem to be victims of structures or context beyond one’s personal control, compassion seemed appropriate. When sinners also demonstrate authentic repentance, compassion seemed appropriate too.
But when a person had sufficient power or agency but still chose to do bad and not repent, that’s the time when justice and even punishment seemed more appropriate.
Thus, compassion is not necessarily just an emotion; it is a product of experience and insight.
Luke 7:11-17. He was moved with pity
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 256: SEPTEMBER 13, 2022]