Tuesday of the 24th Week of the Year

Luke 7:11-17

Raising of the Widow’s Son


The encounter of Jesus with the widow of Naim is one of the most touching scenes in the New Testament. Jesus saw the tearful woman and was moved with pity. Did he think of another widow who would soon accompany her only Son to the tomb – his Mother Mary? Jesus “touched the stretcher” on which the dead boy was carried to the cemetery. With this he violated a Jewish law and made himself unclean in the eyes of the religious leaders and people. Like the “Good Samaritan” in his famous parable, Jesus cannot just pass by when he sees misery, sorrow and suffering.

We are surrounded by suffering people. They are there in the streets, under the bridges, the squatter areas, in the apartments of the middle class and in the mansion of the rich and famous. At times we belong to them when suffering enters our life. How lonely we feel when nobody cares, when others go their way and pretend not to see our pain and loneliness. But this is exactly what others feel when we have no time for them. When we choose to go our way and avoid getting involved in the problems of others. When we do not stop, reach out and touch with genuine pity a person who needs to be raised from the “stretcher.”

Naim in Israel is nearly forgotten by the world. But Naim is where we live. And it is through us that Jesus wants to bring consolation, pity and love into the life of someone who needs it that very moment. (Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


Today’s gospel reading is one of three striking incidents in Jesus’ public life dealing with dead persons whom He brought to life again:

1)      The only son of a widow in Naim (Luke 7, 11-17) – Jesus was emotionally moved by the situation of the widowed mother. He then performed the miracle.

2)      A little girl (Mk 5, 35-43) – Jesus asked that they give her something to eat after raising her from the dead.

3)      Lazarus (John 11, 35) – Jesus wept before raising him from the dead.

In all these incidents, Jesus showed His true humanity!

This day we celebrate the feast day of a great bishop, St. John Chrysostom (Sept 13). He was a great follower of Jesus, a bishop, a very human and learned overseer of a Christian community. He taught and preached so well that he was acknowledged as the bishop with the “Golden Mouth!” A true pastor and teacher!

In today’s Catholic world of the Philippines, most of the bishops have are canon lawyers. They usually have ghost writers and theologians at their service. Kindly pray in a special way for them. Ask God to give them truly pastoral hearts, hearts like His own: that they be truly human and humane in leading their flocks; that they be true leaders who interpret laws (Church laws and otherwise) for the good of people and not the other way around e.g. just to please the Vatican authorities and remain in their good graces!

Jesus showed what a true servant-leader should be!


Jesus must have fondly thought of His own beloved mother with pangs of pain in His heart when he saw this poor grieving widow weeping over the death of her only son. A few months from now, Mary would be grieving over the lifeless body of her only beloved son also. Maybe this is one particular reason why Jesus took special pity on the disconsolate mother of the dead young man. So Jesus made a most astounding miracle never before seen nor witnessed in the whole of Galilee nor Judea. He brought back to life a dead person. And this must have been so shocking and mind-blowing to all the people who witnessed it that they were all “seized with fear and began praising and glorifying God.

There is so much pain and suffering around us. We are no Jesus to make an out-of-this-world miracle. But Jesus has shown us the way; he has given us a beautiful example to follow, to imitate. Surely it is within our human, though limited power, to do a possible number of little things to alleviate pain and suffering around us: a piece of bread, a cup of water, a used clothing, nay, a lifting hand, a gentle tap at the back or even just a sunny smile. All these and a hundred more and, believe it or not, you will even be the first to profit most! (Fr. Teng dela Cruz, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


In today’s gospel, Jesus shows us by his actions what it means to love others. When Jesus meets the woman the woman grieving for her dead son, he shows compassion through his actions.

Compassion is not merely a feeling of the heart. True compassion should lead one to action. We are all capable of loving our neighbor. We can choose to display our good qualities or not. Jesus did what he could to make things right for the grieving mother. Though it is impossible to fully understand and follow God’s will with our human limitations, we know that God is present in each of us. Regnum Dei intra vos! (Fr. Gene Bareza, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


Dennis McBride, a bible scholar, told us in our 1997 Renewal course in Rome that the real portrait of Jesus is vividly seen in the gospel of Luke, that is, He is a person full of compassion, as shown in today’s episode. Jesus without being asked went to the sorrowing widow who lost her only son, raised him to life and gave him to his mother. Truly, love and compassion characterize the person of Jesus, his heart and his ministry.

We must learn from Jesus. When someone is grieving over the loss of a loved one, we may not have the power to raise the dead but still we can show compassion to her/him in many other ways. “Go to her/him without delay. Our visit will tell the person, ‘I care,’ ‘I love you,’ even without word. Words get in the way of grief,” says Vima Dasan. Our presence means a lot. Sitting silently and gently by the person’s side is very comforting and possibly and slowly cal lead to healing. (Fr. Eliseo Yyance, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


Feeling through the words of Luke’s narration, I think what moved Jesus to raise back to life the only son of the widow of Naim was empathy for the affected mother. Just allow the words to sink into you: “The dead man was the only son of a widowed mother.” Jesus could have thought about his own mother Mary, by now widowed with the death of Joseph. Jesus was the only son, and he would soon also die a bloody death. Jesus could have felt in the widow the heart of his own mother Mary which would soon be sorrowing with his approaching death. True enough, Luke relates that what moved Jesus to pity was not the whole crowd, but something very particular – seeing the mother of the dead man. In the end, Jesus views the miracle not so much as a manifestation of power but an overflow of love from him to the woman. He raised the dead man in order to give him back to his mother.

Compassion shows not when we try to answer all needs. Real compassion is “cum-passion.” It is a journey of the heart with someone in a real, particular situation. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, for instance, did not so much care about being able to design a program to answer the problem of the many poor people. For her, what moved her and what was important for her was each individual person she touched and served.

The compassionate heart does not go out diffused to meet the needs of all. The compassionate heart takes the time to go out to each one (Fr. Domie Guzman SSP New Every Morning New Everyday p. 278)


September 18, 2012

St. Joseph of Cupertino
Tuesday of the 24th Week

1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a
Ps 100

Lk 7:11-17

Raising of the widow’s son

11[Jesus] journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. 12As 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. 13When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” 15The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.” 17This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.


She was a widow. In a patriarchal society, widows are usually helpless and powerless. In Hebrew Scriptures, they are categorized with aliens and orphans. Widows have no one to protect or support them in their needs.

The widow in the Gospel is considered practically dead, too. Without her only son, she has no means to provide for herself. But then she encounters the compassion of Jesus. He is moved with pity for her. Jesus sees the pain and grief of the widow. Jesus feels her sorrow and helplessness.

When he restores her only son to life, Jesus shows his love and concern, giving her back hope and new life. When Jesus gives the son to his mother, she receives her son and also her own life back. She is restored to her community because of Jesus’ act of compassion.

Have you ever helped someone out of the doldrums 
by giving a hand, lending much needed cash, providing a scholarship fund, canceling debts, paying hospital bills, or staying by the bedside of a sick person? 



V. 15 – What if that which gives you happiness is taken away from you? what else will make you happy? nobody can restore what we lost than Jesus Himself. he gives more: life eternal. fear not death. it’s our birth (Fr. Ching OP).


Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time (Year B)

 Lucas 7:11-17. Unsa may buhaton ni Jesus panahon sa atong kalisod? Ang ebanghelyo nagsaysay giunsa ni Jesus pagtabang ang usa ka biyuda nga namatyan og bugtong anak nga lalaki. Tungod sa iyang dakong kalooy, gibanhaw sa Ginoo ang batan-ong lalaki gikan sa kamatayon. Kining maong hitabo magpahinumdum kanato nga ang Dios magpakabana ug andam motabang sa atong kalisdanan. Si Nanay Tal usa ka biyuda nga sakop sa among parokya. Usa pa lang gani ka tuig nga nawala ang iyang bana, misunod pud og kamatay ang iyang anak nga lalaki. Sa iyang kakabos ug sa nahitabo sa iyang pamilya, hapit na siya kawad-i og paglaum. Pero ang Dios nitubag sa iyang mga pag-ampo pinaagi sa pagtandog og mga tawo nga maoy nitabang kaniya. (Fr. Abet Uy) abetuy.blogspot.com/2012/09/tuesday-of-24th-week-in-ordinary-time.html


Monday, September 12, 2016

TUESDAY OF THE 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – LUKAS 7:11-17. UNSA MAY ATONG BUHATON ATUBANGAN SA KALISOD UG KAGUL-ANAN SA UBAN? Gikahinagbo ni Hesus ang mga tawo nga nagdala’g patay’ng lawas sa batan-ong lalaki. Sa dihang nakita ni Hesus ang inahan sa namatay, natandog pag-ayo ang iyang kahiladman. Gibati siya’g dakong kalooy tungod kay ang maong babaye biyuda, nga sa ato pa, namatyan na’g bana, unya karon, nawad-an na usab og bugtong anak. Gihikap ni Hesus ang lungon ug gibanhaw niya ang patay pinaagi sa pag-ingon, “Dong bangon!” Kining maong hitabo nagpakita kanato sa kasingkasing sa Dios, nga buot makighiusa sa kasakit sa uban ug molihok aron paghatag og kinabuhi ug kaayohan. Kita gidasig sa pagpakita’g susamang kalooy ug buhat para sa silingan. Adunay nag-ingon, “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Posted by Abet Uy



TUESDAY OF THE 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 7:11-17. Unsa may angay natong buhaton atubangan sa kalisod ug kagul-anan sa uban? Gikahinagbo ni Hesus ang mga tawo nga nagdala’g patay’ng lawas sa batan-ong lalaki. Sa dihang nakita ni Hesus ang inahan sa namatay, natandog pag-ayo ang iyang kahiladman. Gibati siya’g dakong kalooy tungod kay ang maong babaye byuda, nga sa ato pa, namatyan na’g bana, unya karon, nawad-an na usab og bugtong anak. Gihikap ni Hesus ang lungon ug gibanhaw niya ang patay pinaagi sa pag-ingon, “Dong bangon!” Kining maong hitabo nagpakita kanato sa kinaiya sa Dios, nga buot makighiusa sa kasakit sa uban ug molihok sa paghatag og kinabuhi ug kaayohan. Kining ebanghelyo magdasig kanato sa pagpakita’g dakong kalooy sa mga naglisod tang mga silingan ug sa pagtabang sa ilang kalisdanan.Posted by Abet Uy



LIFE BEGINS AT 50: He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk… – Luke 7:14-15

Her brother died when she was 10. Then her mother got too sick to care for the family. Consequently, her young shoulders carried all the responsibility of providing and caring for her entire family.

She made another attempt at college education, but as expected, she didn’t make it halfway. She got married at the young age of 20. “At least, I won’t die of hunger,” she said, “There will be a husband to feed me.”

But she kept dreaming and working. She earned money from sewing. She opened a canteen to augment her income. She took the risk of opening her first bakeshop — at the age of 50! Then the wind blew in her direction.

With hard work as her investment, and love as her business strategy, her first bakeshop was a success. Then she opened another branch. And another. Her name? Julie Gandionco. Now, with around 500 Julie’s Bakeshop branches nationwide, it’s the biggest franchise chain in the country. She just smiles and tells everyone, “Life begins at 50.”

Are you about to bury your dead dream? Do you feel all is lost and everything’s too late? Jesus breathes life into you and says, “Life begins now, even beyond 50.” Jon Escoto (faithatworkjon@gmail.com)

Reflection: A nagging dream you keep burying may be God’s message of life for you today.

Father, I believe that it’s never over until You say it’s over. Let me hear You with clarity and wisdom if You want me to resurrect a dream.



YOUNG MAN, ARISE! Once in Papua New Guinea, I was held up in traffic by a funeral passing through. The crowd was large with lots of people wailing and weeping. Often, a considerable amount of people would follow the dead as a sign of respect and honor to the dead and the bereaved.

The scene we have in the Gospel is pitiful. A widow, whose only son has died, is on the way to the burial. According to Jewish custom, the widow had no place in society. In the eyes of society, she was considered a nobody. Having lost her only son, we could only imagine the plight of the widow. We could imagine the pity that Jesus felt for her. What must have gone on in the minds of the people as Jesus approached the coffin? In His authority, He commands the dead to rise and the boy is given back to his mother. The people praise God who has visited His people.

Many of us are as good as dead. We may not be physically dead (otherwise you would not be reading this reflection!), but many of us are dead through our sins. We need Jesus to wake us up from our stupor and place His hand on our lives. The crowd stood still. We, too, must stand still and listen to the voice of the Lord: “Young man/woman, I tell you to get up!”

St. Paul reminds us that we should remove the works of the night. We are sons and daughters of the day — the day which is Christ, our Light and Life. God desires to visit us and bring us back to life.

Listen to the words of Jesus today as He speaks into your life words of authority and power. Young man, arise!Fr. Brian Steele, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: How has God visited you? Are there areas of your life that need healing and restoration?

Lord, You are the Resurrection and the Life. Give me life that I might call upon Your name. Amen.



BE LIKE THE LORD! A Western Buddhist woman was in India, studying with her teacher. She was riding with another woman friend in a rickshaw-like carriage when they were attacked by a man on the street. In the end, the attacker only succeeded in frightening the women, but the Buddhist woman was quite upset by the event and told her teacher so. She asked him what she should have done — what would have been the appropriate Buddhist response. The teacher said simply, “You should have very mindfully and with great compassion whacked the attacker over the head with your umbrella.”

Women during the time of Jesus had no legal personality of their own. They had no rank in society and were considered second-class citizens. Their only means of livelihood was the presence of a working husband. The woman in today’s Gospel is described as a widow. Needless to say, she had no means of economic support now that she had also lost her son.

While carrying the dead boy out of the city, Jesus chanced upon them at the town gate. Jesus was moved with mercy and, immediately, He raised the dead boy back to life and gave him back to her mother.

Biblical experts observe that this was the first time in the Gospel of Luke that the title “Lord” was ascribed to Jesus: “When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.” It seems that Luke is telling his readers that compassion for His people is one of the main attributes of the “Lord.” The last line says it most eloquently: “They were all filled with awe and praised God. ‘A great prophet has appeared among us,’ they said. ‘God has come to help His people.’”

Whenever we practice compassion and help other people, we are often told, “You are God’s angel, you are heaven-sent.” In our heart of hearts, we know that we are most like the “Lord,” most like God, when we practice compassion.Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: When was the last time you went out of your way to be God-like?

Lord, make me Your heart today. Amen.



September 13, 2016

It is strange how much our past experiences condition us and attune us to sympathize with people whose present experiences reflect our own past.

In the case of Jesus, let us consider just two things: he was an only son and, as far as we can tell, his mother Mary was a widow for many long years.

Well, in today’s gospel reading we see Jesus do something he very rarely does: he takes the initiative of performing a miracle, and not just an ordinary miracle, but nothing less than the raising of a dead man. Why this special treatment?

Here we are left to our own speculations. But we might speculate along the following lines. Jesus sees in this only son and his widowed mother an echo of his own past life situation in Nazareth, when he lived as the only son of his widowed mother. And such a close similarity of situation touches his heart so much that he decides to help the desolate widow and her dead son.

Jesus performed many of his miracles out of sheer compassion. He has not changed. We should appeal to his compassionate heart without any fear of rejection.



See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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