Christ and the Widow’s Only Son

Soon afterwards Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd 

went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked  favorably on his people!”  (Luke 7:11-16)

St. Nikolai Velimirovich wrote:

And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. The creature heard its Creator’s voice, and obeyed His command. This same divine power, that first breathed life-giving breath into the dust, and from the dust made man, was now active to bring life to dead dust: to make the blood circulate and the eyes see, the ears hear and the tongue speak, and the bones and flesh find movement. Wherever the soul of the dead boy was, it heard the voice of its Master, and instantly returned to its body, with it to fulfill His command. The subject knew its King’s voice, and responded. The boy sat up in his coffin, and began to speak. Why did he begin at once to speak? That the people might not that this was some magical vision, or think that some spectre had entered into the boy’s body and sat him up in the coffin. All had to hear the voice and the words of the boy restored to life, that there might be not the least doubt that it was he himself, and not some other in him.” (Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic, Homilies, pg.207)