A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 7:11-17
"As Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, "Do not weep." He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, "Young man, I tell you, arise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, "A great prophet has arisen in our midst," and "God has visited his people." This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region. The Gospel of the Lord
+ Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, I love you, live in me, act in me, love through me, guide my heart to all Truth. Amen
What does it mean to have the Lord "see you" ? "the Lord saw her" - Let us take time, to slowly read this passage, out loud if possible. Let us watch Jesus, what does he 'see'?
Have you ever had the experience when you met someone, that they reminded you of a loved one in your life? Something about them, or the expressions or manner, or maybe just the circumstance itself seems familiar? Because of that familiarity your heart is moved, more disposed, in a sense towards them, as love has expanded your heart. Perhaps there is something familiar in this woman to our Lord Jesus. She has just lost her only son, who was her life! The joy of her life! As we read in the Gospel: "When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her." The words, "the Lord saw her" are very strong and they draw me close to Him, to look more deeply into his eyes, to seek to understand better, what Jesus 'sees' when 'He sees'.
He sees her in the midst of crowd, that's important. He finds the one who is most in need and He sees them, His seeing turns into an action moved from the depths of His heart. Let us look into the face of Christ, let us look into His loving eyes, that are beholding this woman, this widow in her pain and suffering, in her grief and loss. What does our Lord do? Does he walk past her and ignore her? What does he do? His heart moves him, to act. What is the action? How did the action come about? What senses does He use? Did the mother of the only son, the woman of Nain, grieving in the midst of a crowd prefigure something even greater yet to unfold? Did she remind our Lord of 'the woman' ? Did the grieving mother remind our Lord of His Mother? We do not know, but we know that his heart was moved and he acted on that movement of the heart and that action was restoration of life! Our Lord wants us living! Fully alive! not a life of desolation but a life of expectation of joy and fullness. He wants us livingin His grace!
There is something 'familiar' in each one of us, and that is, the face of the Father. Through our Baptism, through our adoption as beloved sons and daughters of the Father we all bear the image of our Father. Our Lord recognizes this image and loves us tenderly, He 'sees us' where we are in the crowd and wants us fully alive! Do I allow Jesus to 'see me' where I am? In the midst of whatever I find myself in at the moment, whether its discouragement, frustration, sorrow, joy, whatever? Do I allow Him to look into my eyes, or do I avoid His gaze? Why am I afraid of God's Love? God's healing? God's gaze? What am I afraid of loosing? or having changed in my life? Let Jesus 'see you' allow him to look upon you, don't run don't hide don't cover your eyes from his, allow Love to move you into living more fully alive in God's Grace!
Prayer: O Lord you are my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God, you are my saving strength. Amen