Gospel of Luke 7:11-17 Reflection:
This story brings back memories to me of the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin last year because it was spoken of in one of the best talks I heard. It is the story of the widow of Nain.
Just as Jesus was approaching the town of Nain the funeral of a young man was coming out of the town gate. His mother was a widow and he was the only son. Luke tells us that when Jesus saw the woman he was moved with pity for her.
The speaker at the conference last year asked us why was Jesus moved with pity. The reason, he said, was that in this woman Jesus saw the image of his mother Mary after he was crucified. This a beautiful image, the Lord feeling sorry for someone because it foreshadows the grief of his own mother.
But there is also something else very comforting, that Jesus can feel our pain and sorrow from his own experiences here on earth. That’s what is so touching; we now know that Jesus feels for us in the same human way as we feel for others who are suffering.
The story of the ‘Widow of Nain’ brings home to us the family type of concern that Jesus has for us as we walk through this life.
It comforts me to know that Jesus is with us in our pain and that he feels for us. All this is impossible without the mystery of the incarnation.