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We Are Christ's Hands in the World

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Shirly Benedictos

October 12, Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: Malachi 3:13-20b; Luke 11:5-13

Empathy fatigue is a real thing. This term describes the feeling we have when, seeing the many  needs that we think we should pay attention to, we are overwhelmed and become numb, unable to care about anything. We see so many problems and, feeling unable to make a difference, we shut down and stop responding. In the Gospel today, Jesus reminds us that God never has empathy fatigue. God is always ready to hear and answer our prayers, giving us everything we need and filling us with the Holy Spirit.

But we are not God. So how can we address empathy fatigue? The first step is realizing that, while we cannot solve the world’s problems, we can take them to God in prayer. But praying for the needs of the world does not absolve us of the need for efforts that will make a difference. After all, we are Christ’s hands in the world. We can choose one or two ways that we will  try to help. In those areas, we can offer our time and our treasure, a listening ear and the voice of an advocate. We can’t do everything, but each of us can do something.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.