Today we have two readings about a widow and the death of her son, one in the Old Testament and the other in the Gospel. Do we see any connections in these two readings? In both readings the widows were desperate for help from the man of God. In both cases the mercy and power of God were at play.
Can we relate to these widows in any way. If we are at our wits end where do we turn? Are we aware of the power and mercy of God? If so, are we willing to trust God for help above all else? The Psalmist wrote:
- I will exalt you, O LORD,
because you have lifted me up
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
- O LORD my God, I cried out to you,
and you restored me to health.
- You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead;
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
It would be wonderful if we could trust the Lord in all circumstances, but for many of us it may take a crisis to discover where our help comes from. It was certainly that way for the Apostle Paul. He we secure in himself and believed that he had the final word about the faith. But then he was confronted by the One he was persecuting. On the road to Damascus he was placed in a helpless situation which led to a complete in his life:
You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus. (Galatians 1:13-17)
When a crisis come let us call upon God. Some may not do so because they might blame God for the crisis. Others may count it all joy because such a crisis could be a life changing experience.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:2-5)
Is God able to resurrect that which is dead? Yes, in the life to come. But in this life we may taste of His resurrection power as well.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.