Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/09/13

Impulse for the Day: Do not weep!


24th Week of Ordinary Time

 Gospel: Luke 7:11-17


Do not weep! (Verse 13)

The widow lost everything she had.  She was not only economically dependent on her only son; she depended on his love and support in every possible way.  The life of her only son is her only hope.  What does she have left?

Do not weep!

How can Jesus say: “Weep not!”? Should this woman not weep?  Was not everything taken from her?  Is it not important to express your sorrow? – Yes and no!  Yes because it is important to accept the loss through mourning and weeping.  It is also important to accept the life-giving strength of Jesus through faith and hope.  Jesus brings a new, more expanded life for which we should not exclude ourselves through a kind of false mourning.  Paul formulates in 1st Thessalonians 4:13 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope”.

Do not weep!

Maybe some of us will find in the Word that it becomes clear to them that they should let go of old attachments.  Did you notice this too during the first paragraph of this Impulse? Is it that that there could be something unhealthy inside this relationship between the widow and her only son?  This total dependency; this total “you are my everything; if I lose you then I have nothing”? Maybe she had to lose her son so that she could receive him as a new gift.  Are there people in my life on whom I depend too much?  Does God also free me from such unhealthy relationships?


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