Day 92 – April 2

Today’s Readings:

Joshua 9-10
Luke 7:1-30
Psalm 92

When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” – Luke 7:13-14

This is such a beautiful passage that tells a lot about Jesus and the contrast to the Roman culture around Him.

The Romans had the idea God was a stoic one, characterized by apathy, an incapability of feeling. Their argument for such a view was, that if God can be influenced, at least for that moment, the one who influences is greater than God. For this reason, God must be incapable of feeling.

In this passage, we encounter another image of God. He is One ‘moved with pity’. Our God is one who is involved fully in the lives of His people, to the point of being moved with compassion (to suffer with) to act on behalf of His beloved children. This is one of the most comforting characteristics Jesus portrays to us, that lend to the images of the Sacred Heart and to the Divine Mercy.

Our God is not moved or influenced by us to act outside His divine plan. But He is a God who is near, and approaches us in our sorrow, touches the coffin of our pain, and makes us too rise again.

May God bless you.

cb365

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