" When He saw the multitudes, He was moved withcompassion, because they fainted, and were scatteredabroad as sheep having no shepherd," and He calledunto Him His Twelve, and gave them power to healand to preach. So it had been ; and now it is thestarving of the crowds that impels Him to set thoseshepherds in motion. Compassion for hungry crowds — this, then, is the everlasting secret behind the Churchof Christ ; this is the motive which puts all in action ;this is its primary spring and source ; this is the formand fashion in which God makes Himself knownthrough the Church. The Church is the steadywitness and abiding proof of the compassion of God — of God, the great God and Father of all. Whoseeternal character displays itself in helping them toThe Mind of the Church. 113right who suffer wrong, and in feeding the hungry;Who never, at any time, left His compassion withoutwitness, in that He always sent upon all rain fromHeaven ; and now that same God sends from HeavenHis Son that He may build for the poor and needya city in the wilderness and gather Himself houseslike a flock of sheep. So wide, so universal, is thecompassion of that One Father, Who made all to be of one blood, sending His rain upon the just and uponthe unjust, and making His sun to shine on thethankful and the evil.Let us consider this in its depth, and width, andheight. It is the compassion of the entire Godheadthat builds the Church — the compassion of God, thegreat Father, made known to us through the tender-ness and tears of a human heart, in flesh and blood, inJesus Christ, His Son, our Brother. That compassion,as it is in Christ Jesus, offers itself in a shape thatenthrals and subdues with a touch of human kinship ;but, nevertheless, it is, still, in Him but a revelationof that supreme compassion which moves the Fatherto send His Son into the world. The compassionatemercy of the Father sends His Son ; and it is mademanifest and sealed to us in that hidden, yet feltSpirit, whose very ame is given Him for His pity,the Advocate, the Spirit of Consolation, the Comforter.