This week our sermon was on the subject of compassion. In the reading from Luke, when Jesus sees the woman who has lost her only son he does not walk past but acts to give him back to her. The miracle is in giving back life – something Jesus did on more than one occasion – but it is his reason for his doing so that shows something of his and God’s character.
Today when we see news of war, suffering or displaced people how many times do we just switch off? How easy is it to turn our backs on those in need for our own selfish reasons or just through lack of thought? It doesn’t have to be a World issue – what about that lonely neighbour who might be cheered by a smile or friendly word? Jesus would not turn his back so let us join him in showing compassion as we would like it to be shown to us if the tables were turned. Only by going out and walking in the footsteps of the Lord will we begin to make a change for the better.
Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.