10th Sunday of Ordinary TimeJune 5, 2016
You know the saying. . . “you had to be there. . .” I think it describes both our first reading and Gospel well. I often laugh to myself how polite we have made the Bible and things concerning God. How serenely we read our readings when they are anything but; how often we say “Thanks be to God” after hearing about trauma and difficulty. . .
In our first reading, we hardly capture the widows grief. . . “Why have you done this to me, O man of God? When actually, it is more like: WHY HAVE YOU DONE THIS TO ME, O MAN OF GOD? HAVE YOU COME TO ME TO CALL ATTENTION TO MY GUILT AND TO KILL MY SON?
Elijah could have responded matter of factly, but instead he took the child and stretched himself over the child praying that God respond in compassion for this widow. And God did.
The same kind of moment is found in the Gospel. Like Elijah, Jesus was moved with compassion. He urged the widow not to cry and touched the coffin, bringing life to that which was dead.
CLICK HERE for the readings for 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time (1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 30; Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 7:11-17)