Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Gospel: Lk 7:11-17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her.

When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”

The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.”

This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.

Arise!

Even in these days we can still be part of that sad funeral cortege that walks along the way that takes to the city of Nain. This happens when we let desperation take control of our lives, if we believe in the illusion of this consumer society, if we get tangled up in brief pleasures, if we let indifference and superficiality wrap us up, if we doubt of the presence and love of God when we are exposed to suffering and misfortune, and if we try to satisfy our inner thirst for true and pure love in the turbulent sea of messy emotions.

If we are passing through those times, the Lord gets close to us and, as He did with the man from Nain, He addresses us with words that shake and wake us up:  “Arise!” That is not a simple word, because it is pronounced by God himself, the Word of God Incarnate. He is “The truth light, which enlightens everyone” (Jn 1:9), the truth that sets us free (see Jn 14:6), the life that the Father gives us more abundantly (see Jn 10:10).

If you fall, if you are experiencing those situations that bury you in sorrow, despondency, desperation, don’t be afraid to let Him get closer to you, to meet with Him and to open up to the strength of His word that is going to make you stand up again! Even more, search for Him! Remember He says: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest”.

Once you are in His presence, listen! Let the Word of God, living and effective, penetrate deep in your soul, even if it hurts, even if it breaks down your barriers. Listen to the voice of God when he talks to you through your daily events, joy and suffering, also through people around you, through your inner voice that is thirsty of truth, happiness, kindness and beauty.

Once you experience the strength of the Lord, “arise from the dead”, start walking!

Proclaim the wonders that the Lord has done in you by giving life back to you, a new life.

The Lord needs you, needs you to proclaim His Gospel with the testimony of your life, needs you to use your energy, enthusiasm, joy when serving others, to build a society that grows more fraternal, reconciled and centered in the Real love that comes from God, who changes and transforms our lives!

Today is Christ who tells you: Arise! Listen! Start walking! In a world that is usually without light and without the courage of noble ideals, it isn’t time to feel embarrassed of the Gospel, but it is time to proclaim Him strongly, with the strength that comes to us from the Lord himself. He walks with you! He will put on your lips words of life; and in your heart, fire to transform the whole world, to resurrect the dead, to touch people with your testimony!

Let’s be SAINTS!!!!

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