Today’s Mass readings speak strongly about God’s faithfulness and power over life and death, about how the Lord’s love preserves those who stay faithful to Him from the torments of hell. By remaining in a loving relationship with the Lord, we will be able to enter the Kingdom of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ came to die for all sinners, to free all of us from sin and death, and Jesus rose from the dead and commissioned the Apostles and Disciples to carry on the mission of preaching and teaching the Gospel, and of the grace and mercy of God the Father made visible by the incarnation, life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Church continues to pray for the faithful departed, as we know we do not enter heaven by our own merits, but by the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and communion of the Holy Spirit, which admits us to the Company of Saints and Angels in heaven, to be able to be fully present in the presence of God to praise and worship the Holy Trinity One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one Lord unceasingly.
In the Gospel passage, we see how compassionate our Lord Jesus is to the widow of Nain and the people who mourned over the death of her only son. By raising the young man from the dead, Jesus also restored the dignity of the widow. We must remember that in Jewish culture during those times, widows were very disadvantaged in society, and had to depend on the generosity of their relations, friends and neighbours. With her son restored to life, she would not need to beg or take up menial jobs which would be tough for elderly people. The people in the community were touched, because Jesus raised a friend or a relation of theirs, and Jesus did it by His own authority as God the Son.
Let us remember those who mourn over the loss of friends and family, and remember to keep them in prayer and also to be there for them, and likewise to offer up intercessory prayers for the faithful departed and all our loved ones who have gone before us.
Let us reflect on how often we felt hopeless and helpless in our own lives, and how we feel like we are just existing but not fully alive with Christ, when we feel powerless and weak, unable to do what we need to do for the glory of God and love of our fellow brothers, sisters, friends and neighbours. And how we need the Lord to liberate us from these areas and give us life to love as Christ loves.
Let us pray:
Jesus, Jesus, I want to adore You,
Jesus, Jesus, I bow down before You,
Jesus, O Jesus, Saints and Angels around You,
Jesus, Jesus, we worship You.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Wis 3:1 “The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them.”
Ps 26:1 “The Lord is my light and my help; whom shall I fear?”
Rom 5:10-11 “When we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, we were still enemies; now that we have been reconciled, surely we may count on being saved by the life of his Son? Not merely because we have been reconciled but because we are filled with joyful trust in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have already gained our reconciliation.”
Lk 7:7-11 “Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.’ And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying, ‘A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.’ And this opinion of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.