Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!
— Matthew 9:35-38 MSG

     We can all agree that September was one crazy and chaotic month, not only in Miami but also around the world. From natural disasters to political issues to terrorist incidents, we experienced times of uncertainty and despair. It’s extremely easy to put our eyes on what’s happening around us rather than fixing them on Jesus. As I kept reading the news about every issue going on around the world, the question that kept crossing my mind was, “How should the body of Christ respond to all of this?”

     Matthew chapter 9 paints a beautiful picture of Jesus responding to the needs of humanity. It tells us that Jesus walked around different towns and villages where He taught and healed not only the physical bodies, but also the spiritual lives of many. But what really amazes me is that when Jesus saw the crowd, His heart broke for them. In other versions of the Bible, it says that He had compassion on them for they were confused like sheep with no shepherd. We live in a broken world full of broken people, like you and I, yet Jesus decides to have compassion on us and make us whole again. The truth of the matter is that we have decided to judge instead of love, to hurt instead of heal, and to make a bigger mess instead of help.

     Our response to world pain should be that of Jesus. That when we encounter a hurt and broken world, we may have compassion on them and break for what breaks God’s heart. The world is in desperate need of Jesus and we carry the cornerstone of humanity (Jesus) in our hearts. The good news is that Jesus also gives us an invitation to join Him on this mission of showing His love to the world. The harvest is huge, but the workers are few. We will not know the need there is until we step out and encounter it. Let’s decide to respond in ways counter to the world’s pain, let’s make a difference, and let’s make God known everywhere we go.

Alejandra Alvarado