St. Mark reported that “At sight of the crowds, [Jesus’] heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned.” Today we almost experience a pity overload. Our hearts go out to the young boys trapped in a cave. The latest victims of a school shooting evoke pity. Just walking down the street and seeing a homeless person under a bridge fills us with pity. The problem is that serial pity like that kind of immobilizes us. We have to become like Jesus and let that pity prompt us to action. He was looking for “laborers for the harvest” who would transform his pity into care. We can’t address all the pitiful situations we meet but we should pick one and act.