Collect for the Week
without you we are not able to please you:
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen APBA p.581
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 7: 11-17
Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favourably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.
GOSPEL Reflection : Contributed by Glynn Holland-Leam
In reading this Gospel text one is usually drawn most to the incredible miracle that Jesus performs here, and indeed the raising of the dead is a powerful indicator of who Christ is – a preview of the passion that is to come and an early sign of his dominion over life and death. But today I am drawn to focus in on this small portion: “When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her…”
Something I love so much about Luke’s gospel is how much we see of the deep and abiding love God has for us. Time and time again we see Jesus moved in his core by the compassion he has for us, and through these little phrases we come to know the tenderness and love with which God regards us. In a world where so many feel unseen, thrust aside, marginalised, and worthless it is so important to know that we are seen, valued, and loved by God.
Our God does not hold us at a distance, no, our God sees us and names us. Our God is moved with compassion for our pain.
FINAL PRAYER Celtic Blessings, Canterbury Press
May the Light that shows the Way illuminate the mind,
May the Love that knows the Truth unfold within the heart,
May the Power that gives true Life arise within the soul,
Let Light and Love and Power raise all in Christ to God.