Tuesday 19 September 2017
1 Timothy 3:1-13. Psalm 100(101):1-3, 5, 6. Luke 7:11-17.
I will walk with blameless heart — Psalm 100(101):1-3, 5, 6.
‘Jesus saw her and felt sorry for her.’
In a patriarchal society widows can become neglected and forgotten. Even today, if they don’t have a supportive family, life can be very lonely for a widow. The widow of Nain was grieving the death of her only son. She must have felt desperate and fearful of her future.
Jesus knew this, and reached out tenderly to her. ‘Don’t cry’, he said, and he brought her son back to life.
Often we are so wrapped up in our own lives that we fail to see the pain and loneliness that could be right under our noses. In his letter to Timothy, Paul says elders must have impeccable character and be hospitable, gentle and obedient. It’s worth knowing that obedience comes from the Latin obedire, to listen. Sometimes that’s all we need to do—to reach out as Jesus did, to listen, to give the gift of our presence.