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Monday, September 16, 2019

The Compassion of Jesus

"As Jesus 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." Lk 17:11

Jesus is forever startling us. Walking along, he comes upon a funeral cortege and learns that they young man being carried to his burial place is "the only son of his mother." Moved with compassion because he realizes that the boy's mother will be unbearably vulnerable because her only son has died, Jesus raises the young man from the dead. Knowing that a woman without a husband or son would have no rights, no property, no one to care for her, Jesus steps in and steps up, perhaps  anticipating his one mother's vulnerability after his death. All of this because he watches, he notices and let's his heart speak.

Today, pay attention. Don't close your eyes to those most in need. Do something simple. Even if you can't help directly, pray for them and work together with others for justice.

What makes you feel most vulnerable in life?


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