The Threefold Dynamic of Mercy: The Exodus Event
God’s first three “I” Statements I see the misery of my people I hear their cries I know their sufferings
God’s next three “I” Statements I have come down I have come down to free the people I will send Moses to free the people from the Egyptians
Threefold Biblical Pattern of Mercy 1.Seeing and hearing suffering 2.Responding with Compassion 3.Acting in ways that free people from suffering and generate life
Questions for Reflection and Journaling 1.How have I participated in the threefold dynamic of God’s mercy in my current ministry? 2.When have I seen suffering, felt compassion, and responded in ways that have liberated or brought life to administration, faculty, staff or students?
Compassion as a Virtue The “affliction of compassion” Not only a felt response to suffering Contains underlying structure of thought
Compassion’s Underlying Structure of Thought 1.Suffering is serious rather than trivial 2.Awakens when we believe a person or community does not deserve such suffering 3.Arises when we believe we could suffer something similar
Questions for Reflection and Journaling 1.How have I experienced God’s mercy lately? When has someone seen my suffering, drawn near, had compassion, and acted on my behalf? 2.What serious suffering in today’s world evokes compassion in me?
Abstract thinkers See all kinds of relations and implications Ask universal questions Detect logical inconsistencies
Teens and Young Adults Black and white thinkers Bad things won’t happen to me Tremendous amount of physical energy Have strong feelings they want to express Develop important and interesting relationships
Teens and Young Adults Highly self-conscious Strong outward thrust Can be immediate and reactionary Can take unnecessary risks Think they can save the world