Gospel Reading and Thoughts for June 9, 2013

Gospel – 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,widow's son
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.

 

Christ answered this woman’s only prayer with a miracle.  With her son’s death, she was all alone in the world and there was probably nothing she wanted more than to have her son with her again.  Christ chose this woman to answer…this one young man to save among all those who had died.  This was a bold miracle that answered her prayer.  But Christ does answer all of our prayers too – just in his own way, in his own time.

His amazing power touches our lives too, but perhaps he chooses not to do so in a miraculous but in a more subtle way.  Maybe to answer our prayers to be a better parent, our child responds to a compromise in a situation that would usually result in a banshee-like tantrum.  Perhaps our prayer to not be late results not in a stretch of green lights, but in a delay in the start of our activity.  Perhaps our prayer for peace in the home results rained out baseball games giving you a non-busy afternoon where the family can spend time together.

So trust in his amazing power to work in your lives to answer your prayers and then prepare to be surprised in the small miracles that arise every day!

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