September 17, 2013

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 7:11-17

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.

Reflection (Sem. Rolly C. Teng):

     Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 769 would say that we are the pilgrim Church on the way to perfection.

     Perhaps this is what Jesus did in today’s Gospel. On their journey towards the city of Nain they encountered a man who had died and was being carried out, the only son of his mother and she was a widow. When Jesus saw her, He was moved with pity, so Jesus decided to resuscitate the life of the son because Jesus Himself is life and He gives life. Here we can see even in the journey of Jesus, He would perform miracles. No matter what people would say about Him, what mattered most to Jesus was to help the mother.

     I believe the challenge for us now is how we can help others when we see them in sorrow, in pain, in suffering etc. Are we going to move immediately like Jesus did in the Gospel?   Or we will continue our journey and ignore those people in need?

     Jesus is the head of Church, and we are His body. If Jesus was able to help others, why can we not do the same? Isn’t He is our head? We all know that the head and the body are inseparable. Now, if they are inseparable therefore we can do the same. The sad thing here is that, most of the time, we choose not to be connected with Jesus that is why we fall back on selfishness and greediness.

     Perhaps as we journey here on earth, we need to be connected with Jesus so that we can also give life to others through our simple act of kindness. We are part of the pilgrim Church and Jesus is our Head, let us move and help one another amidst sufferings, so that all of us can give and celebrate life with Jesus.

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