Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town.
When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I cross paths with others every day, but sometimes I don’t notice them. I may be preoccupied. I may choose not to notice; they may be strangers, or I may be into my podcast, or I may simply want to be left alone. Jesus, though, reminds me that it’s good to keep my head up and notice who’s coming.
In today’s Gospel, two crowds – disciples and mourners – cross paths, and Jesus notices a woman weeping. He sees that she has no partner and no son. He sees that she is all alone. He could look past her, but that’s not Jesus. Moved with compassion, he offers her his love. By him simply noticing this woman, heis able to renew life and change the world.
All this to say – I want to notice more. Then, perhaps I might do more for those whose paths I cross.
—Eric Immel, SJ, is a member of the Midwest Jesuits. After six years in Chicago, he recently moved to Boston where he studies theology.
I know that you see me.
I know that when our paths cross
you take note of all the things I might be going through,
and you offer me your hand.
As I journey onward,
help me to maintain open eyes and an open heart –
help me remember that everyone I see is worthy of love.
—Eric Immel, SJPlease share the Good Word with your friends!