The Compassion of the Christ

July 18, 2021


The word “passion” comes from the Latin word passio, which means “suffering.” We can easily forget this when we speak of romantic passion, or the passion that someone has for a hobby or a sport. But in our reading today, it is very important to remember that the root of the word passion is suffering. Mark writes that when Jesus encountered a large crowd, “he had compassion for them” (6:34). This verse comes not from the end of Jesus’ life, but from a time much earlier, when Jesus performed his ministry in the region called Galilee. A movie about this period would be called The Compassion of the Christ. Not Passion, but Com-passion.

Bible References

  • Mark 6:30-34