The Widow of Nain (2010)

Luke 7:11-16

And it came to pass that Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he  approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.  They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”

 St. Nicholai Velimirovic wrote: 

“…we feel ourselves incapable of offering anything else to those who are mourning.  The power of death has so outstripped our strength that we crawl around like insects in its shadow;  and as we heap earth over a dead body, we feel that we are heaping earth over a part of ourselves in the deathly darkness of the grave.  The Lord does not say ‘Weep not!’ to the woman in order to show that we should not weep for the dead.  He Himself wept for Lazarus (John 11:35); He wept in  advance for many who would later suffer in the fall of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44); and lastly, He praised and blessed those who weep, ‘for they shall be comforted’(Matthew 5:4).  Nothing so calms and cleanses a man as tears.  In the Orthodoxy methodology of salvation, tears are among the first means of cleansing the soul, heart and mind.  Not only should we weep over the dead, but also over the living, and especially over ourselves, as the Lord recommended to the women of Jerusalem: ‘Weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children’ (Luke 23:28)”  (HOMILIES  Vol 2, pp  204-205)

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