The Widow at Nain

Luke 7: 11-17
1 Cor 12: 12-14, 27-31a / Ps 100: 1- 5

When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.”
(Luke 7:13)

Moved with pity for a mother’s pain
Jesus raised her dead son at Nain;
In His mercy what we’re praying for,
Through His Mother He will restore.

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and His disciples and a large crowd went along with Him. 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. When the Lord saw her, He was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 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.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. (Luke 7: 11-17)

Reflection

It would not be too far-fetched to suppose that Jesus identified the grieving widow with His own mother, Mary, who at that time was already a widow, and whom He knew would also be undergoing the same tormenting grief over His own death on the cross, which was forthcoming. This was why He was so moved with pity for the widow, that even without being asked, He raised the young man back to life and gave him back to his mother.

This compassionate act, however, was also predictive of our Lord’s own resurrection. Two more times after this He would raise the dead back to life — Jairus’ daughter, and Jesus’ own friend Lazarus — if only to emphasize His power and victory over death.

Sis. Lilia, one of the old members in our community was widowed quite recently when Bro. Oca, her husband of almost fifty years succumbed to a massive heart attack. We could see the confusion and pain clouding her face, not knowing what the future held in store. Her children are all established with their own families in far off cities, and she cannot leave the comfort of her home and the community that she loves to live with any of them. Thank God she has a loving community here in Davao that can diminish her loss and loneliness by the prayers of its members as well as their comforting presence and support. The sudden loss of a loved one can be so traumatic that without the support and sympathy of true friends the bereaved can lose her enthusiasm for life. Let us pray for Sis. Lilia, that God’s consoling grace may fill the void left by the passing away of Bro. Oca.

Lord Jesus, like the compassion that You showed to the widow in Nain, let Your healing power touch the life of our Sis. Lilia, that she may soon fully recover from the loss of her husband, and serve You in our community as avidly as before. Amen.

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