Tenderness

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.
(Luke 7:11-17)

Scripture Study

7:11 Nain Approximately 20 miles southwest of Capernaum.

7:12 was being carried out Graveyards were typically located outside the city walls for the sake of ritual cleanliness (see Num 5:1–4; 19:11–20). she was a widow With no husband or sons, the widow’s means of provision were gone. She would be forced to rely on the charity of her neighbors and struggle for her livelihood.

7:13 he was moved with pity Jesus is moved to action due to her suffering and destitution. The Greek word used here, splanchnizomai, occurs in Luke two other times, both in parables: The father has compassion when his wayward son returns (Luke 15:20), and the Samaritan has compassion on the injured man (10:33).

7:16 A great prophet has arisen in our midst Accounts of Elijah and Elisha raising sons from the dead appear in 1 Kgs 17:17–24; 2 Kgs 4:32–37. The parallel between Jesus and Elijah is a prominent theme in Matthew.

Scripture Reflection

Christ knows he is surrounded by a crowd which will be awed by the miracle and will tell the story all over the countryside. But he does not act artificially, merely to create an effect. Quite simply he is touched by that woman’s suffering and cannot but console her. He goes up to her and says, ‘Do not weep.’ It is like he is saying: ‘I don’t want to see you crying, I have come on earth to bring joy and peace.’ Only then comes the miracle, the sign of the power of Christ who is God. But first came his compassion, an evident sign of the tenderness of the heart of Christ the man.

– St Josemaría Escrivá, Christ Is Passing By

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.

 

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