Tuesday, the 24th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Januarius
Readings for today’s Mass
The reading begins with Jesus' encounter of the funeral procession of a young man whose father was also dead. He was the only son of a widowed woman. These details are important. Notice there is no mention of any sisters or daughters. Women of he day had few rights. It was the male of the house who took care of the women; took care of most things. Losing the only son of a widow leaves the family without that male presence. This death creates much difficulty for the surviving family. A large crowd from the city accompanied the cortege, suggesting further that the young man was someone of social prominence.
This is what Jesus saw as he entered the city. Knowing her situation, he was moved with pity for her, so he stopped to console her. i wonder what losses Jesus had in his life that drew out such an emotional response. With loving care, he then raised the young man to life and gave him to his mother. She was no longer alone. There is something powerful in the gesture of giving him back to his mother. What a beautiful depiction. It calls to mind Mary and the disciple whom Jesus loved at the foot of the cross Jn 19:26.
These glimpses into Jesus' humanity thru his response to human suffering tell us that he fully understands our own suffering and he is there for us just as he was for the widowed mother. In our toughest moments, when we are most heavily tested, there is for us a healing touch in the hand of Jesus. Let him heal and comfort you.