Sunday, June 10, 2007

Widows and Orphans

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.
Luke 7:14-15

The Lord loves the righteous
the Lord cares for the stranger;
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.
Psalm 146:8

Our Gospel reading for today is Luke 7:11-17, which tells the story of Jesus raising to life the only son of the Widow of Nain, a town in north-central Israel. This act of compassion gave Jesus immediate fame as a prophet, but if we look deeper into the story, we see that it tells us Jesus is divine. It is God who sustains the orphan and widow, and Jesus had particular sympathy for this one. Perhaps she reminded him of Mary, his own dear mother, whom he would entrust to his beloved disciple John.

In peace,
The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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