Jesus Shows His Strong Sympathy to the Mourning Widow

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My daily reflection and prayer: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dear my friends,

Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Luke 7:11-17.

Jesus continued his journey 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.

And this is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord, Jesus Christ.


The Gospel records that Jesus was moved to the depths of His heart when He met with individuals and with groups of people. We call it the compassion. Although it doesn’t fully convey the deeper meaning of the original Hebrew word which expresses heart-felt sympathy and personal identification with the suffering person’s grief and physical condition, we can use this word to describe what Jesus feels and does.

As being proclaimed St. Luke today, Jesus is so moved to the depths of His heart when He meets a widow and a crowded funeral procession on their way to the cemetery. He not only grieves the untimely death of a young man, but He shows the depth of His concern for the woman who lost not only her husband, but her only child as well. She has lost not only her loved ones, but her future security and livelihood as well. She has nobody at all in her family

In the case, His compassion not only expresses His sympathy but also reveals His identity as the Lord of the living and the dead. As proclaimed in the Scriptures, God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone. He desires life, not death.

Through Jesus Christ, God not only shows His heart-felt compassion for the widow who lost her only son, but also expresses His extraordinary supernatural power that is the ability to restore life! By commanding, “Young man, arise”, Jesus not only restores him to physical life, but also brings freedom and wholeness to his soul as well as his body.

In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship the Lord Jesus Christ who has power to restore us to wholeness of life. He is the Lord not only of the living but of the dead as well.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we trust in Jesus Christ who promises everyone who believes in Him so that we shall have abundant life with and in him forever. Let’s trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to give us abundant life and everlasting hope in the face of life’s trials, misfortunes, and moments of despair.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, Your healing presence brings life and restores us to wholeness of mind, body, and spirit. Speak Your word to us and give us renewed hope, strength, and courage to follow You in the midst of life’s sorrows and joys. Help us to live new life in You, now and forever. Amen.

Ruang Wali Kota Semarang
“abdi Dalem palawija”
Majalah INSPIRASI, Lentera yang Membebaskan

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