The Second Sunday after Trinity
June 26, 2022
“Luke 7:11-17 (NIV) “Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry." 14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.”
Last week Jesus healed a servant of a believing Gentile. Today you read of him raising the only son of a widow from the dead.
This miracle showed Jesus’ great power, but we also see a lesson for helping others. This widow with no son and no husband to help her and support her lived at a time with none of the assistance and welfare programs we see so generously providing for people in need today.
Jesus provided for her directly. The Fourth Commandment makes it clear that we are to provide especially for our families. The Word of God is particularly sharp in this regard: “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)
But circumstances of those with fewer earthly, material blessings also give us many opportunities to help those in need. For example, read the book of James for pictures of God’s will in helping others.
Lord, we thank you for all the earthly blessings – as well as spiritual blessings – you have provided for us. Lead us to be good stewards of our material blessings showing love to others with our fruits of faith!
O God, the Protector of all who trust in Thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply unto us Thy mercy, so that with you as our Ruler and Guide, we may so pass through all things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord. Amen