Reflections - June 5, 2016

“….a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow…..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.”  Lk. 7:12-15.
 
In this week’s Gospel the suffering of a mother moves Jesus.  In the First Reading we find the Prophet Elijah who is faced with the pain of a widow who has lost her son.  In both situations the committed love towards those who suffer becomes a thanksgiving to a compassionate God, “Oh Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.”  Psalm 30:13.
 
However, more than the miracle as a sign of the transforming presence of God among us, I would like to highlight the compassion and empathy of Jesus for the widow, who upon seeing her had compassion on her and told her “do not weep”.
 
“The heart of Jesus, source of mercy” got into the skin of that poor woman.  Jesus like the Prophet Elijah knew that the situation of those poor women who were alone in a patriarchal society was terrible.
 
The great teaching that the Lord gives us is that we not only have to see and sympathize with “words of consolation”, but we must also have to go and get into the “skin” of the suffering person and act.  Woman, “do not weep”, and later He acted with power:  “Young man, I tell you, arise!”  Lk. 7:13-14
 
Perhaps some might think “I do not have that kind of power”.  But the Lord give us, through the grace of Baptism, the Christian compassion to get closer to the suffering of many mothers who suffer in the periphery of our society – mothers who have lost their children by drugs or by gangs in environments where no one stops to think and the family, the father, the mother and the victimized children suffer in the violence of the streets and of the schools, etc.
 
Today the risen Lord, who triumphed over death and sin, invites us to be messengers of life and hope for the death of the unborn and the euthanasia of the lonely elderly.  We are called to bring life and hope by educating our young people with Christian values that are reflected in our ethical values and in making decision for the benefit of the stability of our family and our society.