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It's easy to forget that there is a difference between empathy and sympathy. The scripture readings this week help us understand the difference.
Sympathy tends to foster pity for others in need, whereas when we empathize with others, we seek to understand their experiences and get involved to help.
The widow in the first reading had empathy for Elijah and gave him the last of her food and drink. In the scripture from the Book of Mark, the poor widow had empathy for others and gave away what little money she had.
Next time you are in a situation where you sympathize with someone, see if you can empathize instead. Try to identify with their needs and determine what you can do to help, even it if means a little sacrifice on your part.
We can look to Jesus as the ultimate example of empathy, giving all He had so that we may have eternal happiness in heaven.