The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“The Goal of Helping the Helpless”
June 5, 2016
By: Sis. Tess A. Morata
In today’s Gospel, Jesus Christ once again showed His miraculous power. When He saw the mother of a dead man weeping, He felt compassion for her because she was already a widow and he was her only son. The Lord touched the coffin and He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” Then the life of the man was restored. The people from that place glorified God when they saw what had happened.
In our first reading (1Kings17:17-24), the son of a woman with whom Elijah was staying died due to severe sickness, but when Elijah prayed to the Lord, the life of child was revived and he lived again. Because of that, the woman believed that Elijah really was a man of God.
Sometimes we, too, can find ourselves in a circumstance that we did not anticipate. When someone is in trouble, he/she needs help. Where do they turn? Who is the first person they think of that can help? Tough times can cause us to get our perspective turned around. It reminds me that when trouble comes, at some point we became weak and may feel unable to hold on to our faith. But Psalm 41:1 says, “How blessed is he who considers the helpless, the Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.” In our heavenly Father can we can find the inner grace that we need.
In tough times we can get pre-occupied with less important things. Let’s face it. there are rude and uncaring people everywhere. We are so busy with our routines that we miss the joy of personally embracing the picture of God’s great work around us. Let’s not forget that we have a brother or a sister that is in need, too. Helping others is a challenge. Whether a person deserves our help or not, let’s help anyway. Let us show the love of Christ and show concern for the one who needs our care the most. Sometimes that’s all people need: someone who cares. You will see; something good will happen. When it does, the Lord deserves the credit, for He is the Source of all. We see God’s name is glorified when we extend help. Praise the Lord!