Today’s Verse: Mr. Rogers’ Message of Kindness and Empathy Needed Today

“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

–Mark 12:31

Jesus taught that the second greatest commandment was to love your neighbor.

Mr. Rogers’ message of kindness and empathy is needed more than ever

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

–Galatians 5:14

The children’s television show ‘Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,’ was at its core, all about loving your neighbor.

Fred Rogers was the beloved host of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” which ran on National Education Television (which later became the Public Broadcasting Service, AKA PBS) from 1968 to 2001. The show gave kids lessons in kindness, love, and empathy.

Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister. Rogers always turned to Scripture for comfort, beginning each day with prayer, as well as a prayer throughout his day.

His wife, Joanne Rogers, says “the show was Fred’s ministry.”

“Teaching children at young ages about values of kindness, and empathy and caring for others, is something as a culture would make us flourish if we spent more time doing that,” Joanne said.

The film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” released Friday

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

–1 Peter 3:8

The biographical film on the life of Fred Rogers titled after the show’s theme song “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” was released on November 22, and stars Tom Hanks as Rogers.

“I’ve never known it in my life to be like this (time period),” Joanne Rogers said.

“One of the most important things to Fred was reconciliation. I think he would be appalled,” Joanne says of the political discourse in the current era, “I am appalled.”

“It feels like everyone is saying to me, ‘Oh my gosh, it feels like we need Mr. Rogers more than ever,'” the film’s director Marielle Heller said.

“We’re living in scary times and I think we all have that feeling that we’re losing touch with each other and we’re losing touch with the ability to listen to each other and empathize with each other.”

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,”

–Colossians 3:12