June 5, 2016
(10th Sunday Ordinary Time C)
When the Lord saw her, 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. Lk_7:11-17
Jesus will give us whatever we need, sometimes without even asking! The woman in this story would have been destitute, abandoned and helpless without her son. Jesus saw her agony. It was not only the loss of a son, but the loss of all her support. This is why we live in Christian community. We have a support system. And it’s all centered on the love of Jesus.
What would Jesus have done?
This afternoon, on my return home from an earlier diocese activity, I had to bop in and out of Church to drop off my vestments. As I arrived I noticed that there were many cars in the parking lot. (So my mind goes – “Oh no, looks like a wedding – it just may be that I cannot get to the vestry because that is where the bride dresses.” I really just wanted to get home after that long morning.)
So I tried anyway and of course the Lord allowed my entry. And in the process I got to bless a beautiful bride and her wedding party. Then, with all the hustle and bustle of activity just prior to a wedding, as I was leaving, I was stopped by the bride’s mother who was frantic about set-up of the altar area.
Funny how sometimes, our minds are just not exactly where they should be with the Lord. I just wanted to get home. I didn’t want to get involved in all the mess of someone else’s wedding (which I wasn’t invited to anyway). And yet, there I was, a resource. And instead of raising that dead boy myself, I just gave her the information she needed to “do it themselves,” and promptly continued on my own mission (to get home). Arggggh.
So it haunts me the rest of the day. Mom and dad shouldn’t have had to worry about those trivialities – in the midst of all their own anxiety at their daughter’s wedding. Maybe they got one of those strapping young guys to do it. Maybe they just had to do it themselves. All I can say is shame on the priest who promised to have set it up himself, or have it set up by someone other than the parents of the bride. Shame on me who could have, but didn’t help very much in a pinch. But praise the Lord, mom thought of it! And praise the Lord, all said and done, I’m sure it all came out just wonderfully! At least I pray it did!
Just a reminder, AGAIN, that we need to have these minds of ours open to all kinds of unexpected “opportunities” to help others, no matter what we may think our priorities may be, just as Jesus did with this hopeless mother of a dead son. Praise be to God for second, and third, and 70 x 7 more chances.
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