10th Sunday (Year C)
“Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.” (Luke 7,11…)
What is the situation of that poor woman? She is a widow and she lost her only son. with a heart so broken, what reason may she have to continue to live? Jesus, like some of us perhaps, could have said to her: “Be courageous, go beyond your feelings.” Yet, what does Jesus do instead?
“The Lord seeing her, had compassion on her, and said to her: Do not weep.” And he went up, and touched the stretcher, and the bearers stood still. And he said: “Young man, I say to you, arise.” (Luke 7,13-14)
Thus Jesus reveals that he cares about our sufferings; he is filled with compassion for our various miseries. One day, he himself will be that unique son of another widow, Mary, whom he will invite into the mystery of his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
We may wonder what Mary’s feeling might have been at that moment, seeing the overflowing tenderness of Jesus for that poor widow. The revelation of God’s mercy now had a human face through the Incarnation of the Son of God, her son.
Since the wedding at Cana, it seems that Mary was already a widow at that time, freed by Providence to follow her son all the way to the cross. She was strengthened in her faith, hope and charity by listening to Jesus who said: “As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he will (…) and that “the hour is coming, and now is here, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear shall live. For the Father has life in Himself, even so He has given to the Son also to have life in himself”. Now, that miracle attests it.
Jesus gave back that poor widow’s son to his mother to live together a little longer. Yet Mary was invited by her only son to accept with him the great suffering of his
Crucifixion, in order to share in his glory. Let us unite our trials to his sacrifice so as to enjoy the Vision of God for ever.