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Try to imagine for a moment this disturbing account depicted in a photo-essay that appeared in a national magazine:

The story begins with a photograph of a man lying prostrate on subway stairs. This was followed by a series of pictures taken over a period of thirty minutes. The pictures showed hundreds of people walking by the man still lying on the stairs, none of them offering a helping hand. Then followed the magazine’s editorial comment about the lack of kindness, caring and compassion in today’s world. What was left unsaid — perhaps forgotten — was that the magazine’s own photographer did nothing to help the distressed man. Like the cold crowds who were passing by, the photographer just went about his business, snapping pictures.

It is not enough merely to have an intellectual understanding of Jesus’ lessons in kindness and compassion. The real lesson teaches us to feel the other person’s burden as our own. When confronted by another’s need, the real…

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