Luke 7: 11-23
At that time Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses, diseases, and evil spirits, and he gave sight to many blind people....Those wo do not stumble in their faith because of me are blessed.
There were two crowds that day - one leaving and one arriving. The group leaving was a mother going to bury her son, just as she had buried her husband. Now she walks alone. Jesus had compassion on this mother. He gave her son back to her alive!
The group arriving was one that had followed Jesus . They witnessed as Jesus choose to give this son back to his mother. His great love saved this mother from her loneliness. May our hearts too be filled with compassion for the sick and the lonely.
Matthew 9: 35-36
Jesus traveld through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing all kinds of disease and sicknesses. When he saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them because they were hurting and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
To a Jew, carrying on the family line was extremely important. Sons were considered the ultimate blessing from God. For this mother to be left without her husband and without any sons would have made her pain and grief all the more intense.
I have been blessed with 6 sons and now I have 5 grandsons. The family line will continue on for many years. Yet , I did almost loose one son and I thank God everyday for his compassion to allow him to live . I don't think it matters how many, each one of my sons is as dear to me as the next. I know I didn't think about the family line dying out when I faced the fear that I might loose one of my sons.
Each day I pray to God for the protection of all my family and that God will guide them and lead them home. Each one of my children must live their own life and hopefully that will be a life that in the end will lead them home to God.
'On Ya' - ma