The Obedient Servant

In Jesus, God’s compassion is revealed as suffering with us in obedience. Jesus is not a courageous hero whose act of emptying and humbling himself earns adoration and praise. He is not a super social worker, a super doctor, or a super helper. He is not a great hero who performs acts of self-denial that no one can imitate. Jesus is neither a spiritual giant nor a superstar whose compassion makes us jealous and creates in us the competitive desire to get as far, high, or deep as he did.

No, Jesus is the obedient servant who hears the call and desires to respond even when it leads him to pain and suffering. This desire is not to experience pain, but to give his full undivided attention to the voice of his beloved Father.

-Henri Nouwen, Compassion


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