Read 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Ps. 101:1-3,5,6, Luke 7:11-17

“Young man, I say to you, arise.” (Luke 7:14)

In yesterday’s reflection, Jesus praised the Centurion’s faith because the centurion acknowledged that Jesus is the true commander in chief of the universe. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus again proves his power and authority over the living and the dead by raising a dead man to life.

Jesus did not address him as a “dead man”; rather, Jesus said, “young man.” This is a pointer to the fact that another kind of life exists even after we stop breathing. As Luke narrates: “And the dead man sat up and began to speak. And they gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God.”

Just as in the case of Lazarus, Jesus spoke, and the dead obeyed. What does this teach us? There is no problem that is too big for God to handle. If the dead can hear and obey the voice of God, why should I give up?

What began as a sad story ended up with songs of praise to God. They glorified God's saying. ‘A great prophet has arisen among us!’ and ‘God has visited his people!’ This very phrase was part of Zechariah’s song of thanksgiving when his power of speech was restored after the birth and naming of John the Baptist.

God has truly visited his people. This is the meaning of the name “Emmanuel.” God is with us. There is no problem or difficulty worth taking your life. Present the matter to God in prayer and be sure that Jesus, who raised the dead, will make a way where there seems to be no way.

In our first reading today, St. Paul outlines the qualities expected of one who “aspires to the office of bishop.” These qualities are demanded of every Christian. We do not need to aspire to any office to imbibe these virtues: temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, not drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, respectful, managing one’s children properly, not proud, having a good name and serious-minded. However, if any of such qualities are lacking in a person, he cannot be a leader.

Let us pray: Almighty, ever-living God, deepen my faith in you and make me a shining example in virtue to my brothers and sisters. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of week 24 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Ps. 101:1-3,5,6, Luke 7:11-17).

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu