“When the Lord saw her, his heart was filled with pity for her, and he said to her, ‘Don’t cry.’” (Lk 7:13)
Today’s Passage: Lk 7:11-17
Meditation: We are blessed with a God who hears the cry of his people (Ex 3:7), wipes away every tear from the eye of his people (Rev 7:17), and teaches you and me, “Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them.” (Mt 5:4) As we read today’s passage we come across with many other similar passages where Jesus is found having compassion with his people and comforting them. But we concentrate on today’s verse and meditate. We find here that the woman’s cry is heard by Jesus and he comforts her; “When the Lord saw her, his heart was filled with pity for her, and he said to her, ‘Don’t cry.’” (Lk 7:13) It is true that he heard and saw her crying. But the most important thing was not that his seeing and hearing her cry, rather his heart was filled with pity for her and did the miracle. In the parable of the Good Samaritan also (Lk 10:25-37) we find a priest and a Levite, who saw and heard the cry of the wounded man, still walked on by, on the other side. It is not seeing or hearing, though important, that matters but your compassionate love for the other. The Good Samaritan saw the wounded man, and his heart was filled with pity. The Lord saw the weeping woman, and his heart was filled with pity. There are even moments in our life where we will not be able to give nothing to others but our pleasant and consoling presence. But that is also well counted before the lord if it is done in love and compassion. On the final judgment day a reward is reserved also for those who did that friendly visit, “I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.” (Mt 25:36) Modern times experience often the hardening of heart of people even at the moment of death of the other. At times, no one is bothered about the danger of the man in accident; rather everyone is engaged in getting the live for his FB or WhatsApp postings. Are we losing the compassion for the other?
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Have mercy on us! Lord Jesus, we know that you never stopped your journey except for the cry for help. Let us also learn from you that we feel pity for the other who is in need than see and walk on by on the other side. Amen!
Greetings: Take courage! God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Tuesday…