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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091316.cfm
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.
Jesus’ compassion shows when He heals those who do not ask. He saw the suffering of this mother and restored her son. How many times has Our Lord healed your pain and you did not even ask? How many times did He heal after being asked? His compassion is always there for you. Sit down, count the times you have been consoled, healed or comforted by Our Lord and then give Him praise and offer thanksgiving.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, there have been so many times you have healed me and comforted me in times of trouble or anguish. I may have neglected to thank you and offer you praise for your love for me. In Jesus’ holy name, I now give you praise, honor and glory for all the good works you have done in my life, Amen.
We are his people: the sheep of his flock.