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Where Compassion Meets Grief

Submitted by on Tuesday, 13 September 2011One Comment

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 101
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 7:11-17

Jesus and the Widow of Nain

How do you respond when you meet misfortune? In a number of places the gospel records that Jesus was "moved to the depths of his heart." Our English word "compassion" is a weak translation of the Hebrew word for "sympathy". Why was Jesus so moved on this occasion? Jesus not only grieved the untimely death of a youth, but he showed the depth of his concern for a woman who lost not only a husband, but an only child as well. The scriptures make clear that God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone (see Ezekiel 33:11); he desires life, not death. Jesus not only had compassion, he also had power — the ability to restore life and make whole again.

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Where is Nain?

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(From Heb. nain, "green pastures," "lovely"), the name of a town near the gate of which Jesus raised to life a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17). It is identified with the village called Nein, standing on the north-western slope of Jebel ed-Duhy (=the "hill Moreh" = "Little hermon"), about 4 miles from Tabor and 25 southwest of Capernaum. At the foot of the slope on which it stands is the great plain of Esdraelon.

This was the first miracle of raising the dead our Lord had wrought, and it excited great awe and astonishment among the people. [Source: Study Light]


Nain is surrounded by Mount Tabor on the east, Mount Carmel on the west, the Plain of Esdraelon to the north, and the Plain of Sharon to the south, and it is on the northern slope of the Hill of Moreh facing west toward the Jezreel Valley. Nain is also southeast of Nazareth and southwest of the Sea of Galilee. Nain is at the North base of the hill called Little Hermon. It is a short distance from Shunem, where Elisha performed a similar miracle. The burial ground where the young man was being carried when Jesus raised him lies just outside of the city wall. [Source: Squidoo]

1 Timothy 3:1-13
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1A faithful saying: if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2It behoveth therefore a bishop to be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, of good behaviour, chaste, given to hospitality, a teacher,
3Not given to wine, no striker, but modest, not quarrelsome, not covetous, but
4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all chastity.
5But if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?
6Not a neophyte: lest being puffed up with pride, he fall into the judgment of the devil.
7Moreover he must have a good testimony of them who are without: lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
8Deacons in like manner chaste, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre:
9Holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience.
10And let these also first be proved: and so let them minister, having no crime.
11The women in like manner chaste, not slanderers, but sober, faithful in all things.
12Let deacons be the husbands of one wife: who rule well their children, and their own houses.
13For they that have ministered well, shall purchase to themselves a good degree, and much confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Luke 7:11-17
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11And it came to pass afterwards, that he went into a city that is called Naim; and there went with him his disciples, and a great multitude.
12And when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow: and a great multitude of the city was with her.
13Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, he said to her: Weep not.
14And he came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it, stood still. And he said: Young man, I say to thee, arise.
15And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
16And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: A great prophet is risen up among us: and, God hath visited his people.
17And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the country round about.
Ezekiel 33:11
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11Say to them: As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways: and why will you die, O house of Israel?
Luke 7:11-17
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11And it came to pass afterwards, that he went into a city that is called Naim; and there went with him his disciples, and a great multitude.
12And when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow: and a great multitude of the city was with her.
13Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, he said to her: Weep not.
14And he came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it, stood still. And he said: Young man, I say to thee, arise.
15And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
16And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: A great prophet is risen up among us: and, God hath visited his people.
17And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the country round about.

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