Tuesday 13 September 2022
St John Chrysostom
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31. We are his people: the sheep of his flock – Psalm 99(100). Luke 7:11-17.
When the Lord saw her, he felt sorry for her
The Gospels occasionally tell us that Jesus responds from the depths of human compassion. On seeing the widow, Jesus responds not from a sense of practicality, but from human concern.
Jesus is different from Greek or Roman gods. Mythological stories of pagan gods show them as capricious, ambitious, villainous and vain. But the God of Jesus Christ, embodied in the person of Jesus, is an incarnational God who embraces the pain and joy of our human experience.
Because of the Incarnation, Jesus responds compassionately to the childless widow’s grief. Jesus’ compassion gives life.