Scripture Reading: Luke 7: 11-17

Let us start today’s reflection with this declaration from Blessed James Alberione, “I adore your eternal and impenetrable plans; for love of you I submit to you with all my heart. I offer you the sacrifice of my entire being in union with that of Jesus, my divine Saviour.”

On this 10th Sunday in the Ordinary time, the Holy Spirit once again brings to mind the fact that nothing is impossible to God and that He is compassionate and love. In 1 Kings 17:22, God demonstrated His power and compassion for the widow at Zarephath, when He heard the prayers of Prophet Elijah, and restored the life of her son. Is it not surprising that this heathen widow of Zarephath enjoyed this magnitude of favour from such a holy God. Beloved it may not be too much of a surprise when we consider the fact that she had earlier paid her dues by providing food for the man of God. This shows that God is never unmindful of the little acts of charity, which we do. They may be considered insignificant in your eyes but great in God’s estimation. Hear Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, “Love starts at home and lasts at home … the home is each person’s first field of loving, devotion and service.”Beloved, the consequence of the widow’s magnanimity to the man of God resulted in overflow of blessings, which includes the restoration of life to her only son. In the same vein, Jesus Christ restored the life of the son of the widow of Nain. The Lord was overwhelmed with compassion on entry into the city and seeing a large crowd carrying the dead child for burial. He walked up to the widow and said to her, ‘Don’t cry’ (Verse 13b). He touched the coffin of the dead child and said, “Young man! Get up, I tell you!” of course, the Spirit of death had no option than to obey the voice of the Master, who had conquered it at Calvary. Dear friend in Christ, we serve a God who is not only powerful, but is compassionate and love. In Roman 9:15, the scripture says, “. . . . I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But dispose yourself always to attract His compassion. What were the unfulfilled dreams of the past five months? What are those needs, you have been praying for and heaven seems to be silent. Today the Master says to you, “Don’t cry! Get up!” Look intently on the issue, hand it over to Christ and experience divine restoration. No matters what our situation may be, the Holy Spirit says to you today, “Open up to the Lord and allow Him to lift you up.” Let our lives be controlled by the dictates of the Word of God, desire to do good and truly live your life in communion with Him (Jesus). When we do these, we shall definitely experience the power of His salvation in every department of our lives. No wonder the Scripture says, “. . . . Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”(Matt 6:33).

 He is capable of putting an end to whatever is the contrary wind affecting your peace. Beloved, the Holy Spirit says to you today, ‘Allow Him into your situation and experience His infinite love and compassion. Let us pray!

Prayer Points:

  1. Take a worship song as you are led.
  2. Lord, I extol your name for raising me up above the powers of my enemies.
  3. Pray for all widows and widowers that God may be merciful to them
  4. Pray for all who today are mourning the death of a loved one; that God may console them.
  5. Pray for all members of the Daily Strength Family that the good Lord will promote everyone beyond their imagination in Jesus name.
  6. Take the prayers of St. Pio meditatively.

Exercise: Visit the Blessed Sacrament today.

Memory Verse: 1 Kings 17: 21