Posted: 08 Jun 2013 06:52 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: Soon afterward he went to a city called Na’in, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country. Luke 7:11-17
Reflection: It’s not what death is that matters much but what it does to us that matters the most.
We are sad and dismayed at the loss of a near or dear one and we are sometimes left bruised or heartbroken, as if everything is lost and those who are dependent much have the feeling that they have lost everything in life and now there is nothing more to live for.
We are as if lost in a maze created by a sudden loss, not knowing where to seek comfort or solace.
There are some who are well consoled by friends and neighbor but for a day or for a while and then one is left more bruised and hurt at their neglect and lack of care.
What is it about death that matters the most? Is it not the loss of the one who is sometimes our only solace and provider in times of need?
The death of the son of the poor of a widow was a sight to behold, an occasion to ponder.
Those who understand the pain of being left neglected and rejected by the insensitivity of people are sure to sympathize with the poor widow and her loss.
When Jesus saw her and her situation he had compassion on her.
Death is a reminder of our fate which ultimately leads to an end; the absence of life.
In death we all have to meet the giver of life; Jesus Christ
The gospel story is an assurance of the life which Jesus is able to give to all those who encounter him in life’s journey.
He is the sure hope in a dark situation, the light in our darkness, the life in our death.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. Prov 14:27
Prayer: My vows to thee I must perform, O God; I will render thank offerings to thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, yea, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
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