Jesus was compassion in human form. He spread the spirit of compassion and conferred solace on the distressed and suffering. Noticing the torture of bird and beasts at the temple of Jerusalem, he reprimanded the vendors and drove them out of the precincts. He drew upon himself the anger of the priests. Good works always provoke the wicked. But one should not falter or fear when opposition obstructs. The challenge gives joy; evokes hidden sources of strength; and brings down grace to reinforce the effort. Pleasure springs during the interval between two pains.
(25 Dec 1981, SSS 15:37)