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<< Tuesday, September 18, 2001 >>
 
1 Timothy 3:1-13
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Psalm 101 Luke 7:11-17
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TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES

 
"As He approached the gate of the town a dead man was being carried out, the only son of a widowed mother." —Luke 7:12                   
 

The mother of the dead child was literally all alone. She was widowed, and this boy was her only son. Here we have a combination of sudden, tragic events in the pattern of Job. Is there any hope under these dreadful circumstances?

Yes! Jesus has conquered death; He is the Resurrection and the Life (Jn 11:25). He is "moved with pity" and says: "Do not cry" (Lk 7:13). Jesus will either raise the dead to continue life on earth, or better, raise the dead to the perfect happiness of His presence in heaven. Jesus will either say: "Young man, I bid you get up" (Lk 7:14), or "This day you will be with Me in paradise" (Lk 23:43). Only Jesus can wipe away our tears. "He comforts us in all our afflictions" (2 Cor 1:4). He alone can make life worth living — and death worth dying. Nothing is impossible with Him (Lk 1:37). He can turn even tragic events to the good for those who love Him (Rm 8:28). Jesus our Life! Jesus our Hope! Jesus our Lord!

 
Prayer: Jesus, give supernatural consolation to those who have suffered tragic deaths in their families.
Promise: "They must hold fast to the divinely revealed faith with a clear conscience." —1 Tm 3:9
Praise: Matt and Martha were reconciled after a six-year separation.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, February 13, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 20, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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