Jesus’ action in today’s Gospel proclamation gives us invaluable insight into his attitude towards suffering, specially that which is endured by women. As Jesus walked with the disciples into the town of Nain, they noticed a dead man being carried out for burial. Imagine the heartache of the mother, al- ready a widow and now left without her only son. Her deep grief touched the heart of Jesus and was drawn to her in her vulnerability. Jesus’ first action was to console and comfort her with his presence, urging her not to weep. Jesus comforts those who weep. It is recognized that compassion is the most effective way to connect with another and is based on the beauty of our shared humanity. We are called to be the compassionate heart of God in our world as we continue to carry out Jesus’ mission. Let us embrace this challenge as the Lord invites us to demonstrate love and compassion to those who are hurting around us with a warm embrace, comforting words, taking the time to listen, pray or lend a helping hand.
Prayer: Abba Father, may we be compassionate. Amen.