NT Guest Blog by the Archbishop of York
Posted on October 10th, 2013 at 8:55AM
One day Jesus was walking into a town called Nain. As he drew near, a funeral procession was making its way towards him. It was the funeral for the son of a widow who, now that both her husband and son were dead, would have no obvious means of support. We are told that when Jesus saw her ‘he had compassion on her’. In the original language those words ‘he had compassion’ literally mean ‘he was moved in his bowels’. In other words Jesus had a ‘gut reaction’ to the pain of this widow.
I wonder how often we allow ourselves to have that sort of ‘gut reaction’ to what we see around us so that we just have to do something, anything, to make a difference.
For Jesus, his response was to restore the son to life! Our response may seem very small by comparison, but who knows the difference that can be made by a little act of kindness when we allow ourselves to respond to a ‘gut reaction’.