Luke 7: 11-17
Lord, I believe that my life is in
your hands from the moment of my creation until my last day. Lord, I hope in you, because you have
created me for a purpose. Lord, I love you, for the great love that you have for
Lord, help me place all of my hope in
1. "Do Not Weep.":
There are many 'reasons' to despair. So many difficulties in life have no
human solution. Especially when it comes to life and death, I find myself so powerless to help
others. Jesus, however, offers a different perspective: "Do not weep." His infinite power
frees us from tragic human limitations. Furthermore, "We know that all things work for good for
those who love God, who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). He acts, he intercedes,
as Redeemer. "Do not weep," bears the weight of a command. As apocalyptic as suffering and death
might appear, ultimately Jesus reveals a life-giving love: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain" (Revelation 21:4). The widow of Nain
is about to receive a grace inconceivable to her present sorrow. I, too, should hope in Christ's
kindness towards me and my loved-ones.
2. "Young Man, I Tell You, Arise!":
Jesus does not console me simply by
removing my emotion or by having me imagine that things are different than they really are. If I
lose someone who is dear to me, I am truly sad. Instead, Christ comes to restore what was lost. He
acts to remove the cause of pain and sorrow: "for I, the LORD, am your healer” (Exodus 15:26). When
Jesus tells the widow of Nain, "Do not weep," he does not accuse her of being an overly-emotional
woman who takes things too seriously. Quite the contrary, Jesus is compassionate towards her because
of the loss of her son. Therefore, with all my heart and soul I ought to be obedient to hope. My
life is in God's hands. The lives of my loved ones are in God's hands. If I live, I live for Christ;
if I die, I die for Christ (see Romans 14:8).
3. "God Has Visited His People."
Even at his birth, the Son of God who
took on our human nature was named "Emmanuel": "God-with-us." Our Savior associates himself with us
not only in life and grace, but also taking our sins upon himself and giving his very life in order
to redeem us. "God has visited his people" even refers to sinners: those who suffer death as an
ultimate consequence of original and personal sin.
I can rejoice because God seeks me out wherever I am,
heals me, and restores me for eternal life. If I have received such great love, I should repay love
with love. I should bring the love of Christ to others just as I have experienced his visit to
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, I entrust my entire life
and the lives
of my loved ones to your care. Allow me to
grow in your love so that I truly
your grace, which leads to eternal life.
Let me hope in your resurrection as I
my everyday burdens.
In a conversation today, I will speak
to someone about life as a journey meant to lead us and prepare us for heaven.