From the Word of the Day
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” (Luke 7: 11-13)
Our God is a God of encounter. As He is walking along the road, He always meets or nears someone. This time, it is a funeral procession. They are bringing a young man for burial, the only son of his widowed mother. Jesus gazes on the face of the mother and, having seen her, He is moved with compassion toward her. The told her, “Don’t cry”. His attitude of compassion is followed by a gesture of mercy. He touches the bier and, behold, the miracle. The young man rises to a sitting position and begins to speak. Jesus gives him back to his mother.
Other episodes of the Gospel obey His serious and concrete direction. The Teacher is aware of suffering, of discomfort, of death. He immediately seeks to console. He sees the sisters of Lazarus, the centurion, Mary Magdalene, and others. He does not stop at mere words; He acts, heals, raises. He shows mercy.
Jesus, grant that I may be near others and go beyond mere words and reaches hearts with gestures of goodness.
The Voice of M. Delbrel, her prayer on a Paris Metro
Lord, this child is almost gray, she is so pale: here are my eyes so you can look at her. This man is so tired: here is my body so you can give him my place; and my voice so you can tell him sweetly, ‘Sit down’. This child who is so fatuous, so silly, so hard: take my heart to love him more strongly than he has ever been loved.