Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (19th September, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 100:1-3.5.6. (R. v.2);
Topic: Wipe the tears.
As Jesus accompanied by His disciples and a large crowd approached the gate of Nain, the dead body of the only son of a widow was being carried away for burial. Jesus said to the widow out of compassion, “Do not weep.” 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.”
This miracle turned the widow’s sorrow into great joy and also made the large crowds to recognise and to glorify God. And just like the widow of Nain, many out there cry day and night.
What do we do to wipe the tears of our brothers and sisters? Jesus may not come down from heaven to wipe their tears. He requires of us to wipe their tears, cf. Matt 25:40,45. A dab can save a soul already at the verge damnation.
Saint Paul admonishes us to use whatever we are blessed with in this world to wipe other’s tears, cf. 1Tim 6:17-18. We are to deprive ourselves something to put smile on the face of our brothers and sisters, cf. 2Cor 8:9. Saint James in chapter 2 verses 15-16 queries,
If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?
Rise and wipe the tears of our brothers and sisters. It is our duty.
Bible Reading: Matt 25:31-46; Jas 2:14-26.
Thought for today: You must wipe other’s tears.
Let us pray: Lord, open my eyes to see the tears that gush down from the eyes of your children. And give me the courage to wipe them – Amen.
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