September 16, 2014

The Gospel Today

Memorial of St. Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

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. Jasper Bautista):

There is much imagery in today’s Gospel: Jesus’ journey to a town called Nain, a dead man being carried to his grave and a sorrowful mother weeping and missing her son. We may feel a mother’s pain of loss but Jesus was different for her which led Him to raise the man from the dead. Seeing this, the crowd was amazed and praised Jesus, and they also feared God for the miracle.

If I would choose a particular image from the story, it would be the raising of the dead. I too, was struck by Jesus’ authority and power over all things, particularly to life. It made me believe that He is really God because He can do that. However, what captivated me the most was Jesus Christ’s pity on the mother. Losing both her husband and son undoubtedly crushed her world. In the same way, God loves us so much that He pities us particularly when we are miserable. He has compassion on us when we are desolate because of our sins.

Pity and compassion, these are traits that I think I have been gifted with. I feel compassionate every time I see a person suffering. In one occasion, it was night then, I saw a man in front of our house. He seemed hungry, cold, tired, and lonely. My compassionate feeling was triggered and so I immediately gave him food and water. I thought he would go away after taking the food but after hungrily eating it, he gave me a simple look. I went back inside trembling. I am not trembling because I got scared, but because I felt love. I imparted God’s love to someone in my little way. This has been a mark in my heart for through it came an unexplainable joy which one feels when he cares for someone he does not know.

Compassion leads to love and love leads to God. The Gospel reminds us that God has compassion on His people for His all-enveloping love manifested by giving up His only Son for us: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). 

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