10th Sunday of Ordinary Time; 5th June, 2016.
As he drew near the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said young man, “I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak.
Death is a miserable thing. Death in sin is worse than miserable. There are times when we are soo deep in our sinful nature that we lose hope in ever being worthy of the salvation Christ suffered for our sake. We reach this point where we make ourselves believe that no sin is worse than those committed by us. It’s only natural to have such feelings and thoughts but when we decide to dwell on them and then despair, we hurt our Lord God more. Today we hear readings of the dead raised to life by God. There is nothing Jesus cannot do. No matter how dead in sin you may be; no matter how unworthy of his healing power you may feel, he is always there to rise you up to a new life in Him.
Jesus looks at us with love an compassion. Listen to Christ’s words of comfort today: “‘Do not weep’, cry not more over your sins, I am here for you, I have forgiven you; and now ‘I say to you, arise’, get up from the pit of sin, arise from your past and come and dwell in me, come and experience a new life full of hope, full of glory . God visits us his people today, don’t fall to rise up.