Sometimes Life Stinks
There are days when nothing seems to be going right. Perhaps you are able to relate to this - perhaps you have felt like the woman in the Gospel this weekend. Christ is walking down the road and hears a funeral procession heading towards him. There, by the coffin of young man, was the deceased's mother. Christ is moved with pity, and walks up to the dead man. Turning to the man's friends and family, Christ tells them not to cry. Everyone is surprised at what happens next (except Jesus....well, because He's God.). Christ turns to the young man and says, "Young Man, I say to, arise!" And guess what? He does.
What is the key word in today's Gospel? Pity. Christ was moved with pity. Pity for a young man who God still had a plan for. Pity for a mother who had lost her son, perhaps because Christ knew that His own mother was going to go through that anguish in the not-so-far future. Whatever the case may be, Christ was moved none the less. This is an incredibly significant feeling.
Christ was moved with pity for this young man. We have a Lord and God who can relate to us. He knows what hurts, and how it feels. More importantly, He wants to do something about it. So when are day is just going completely down hill, we can turn to Christ and tell Him about it. Hebrews 4:15 says "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin." He loves us. He cares. He is always ready to help. Turn to Him, place your trust in Him and give Him everything.