Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
I have been doing some reflection on what compassion is. In the seminary I was taught that the word came from the latin root com (with) and passion (suffering). In other words, to suffer with the other person. Jesus being the model of compassion, suffering for all for the forgiveness of sins.
Recently I have been taking a different approach, however. Like the scripture above suggests, I endeavour to make St. Paul's joy complete by bringing humour to the situation.