Tuesday Twenty-Fourth Week Ordinary Time
I Timothy 3:1-13
Think about someone who was there for you at a critical moment in your life, one of those times when you didn’t know how or if you would get through it? What was happening in your life at that time? What was that critical moment? What were you feeling? What did you need or want at that moment? What did that person do for or say to you? In what ways was he or she there for you? Whatever the critical moment was for you, you lived today’s gospel story.
In our Gospel, Jesus was there at a critical moment for a woman who was in a funeral procession for her son. In this funeral procession, there are two deaths that have happened. There is the death of the son, and there is the death of the woman because now she has no one to look after her. She will no longer have a home, none to care for her, and she will have to beg for money and food.
The woman says nothing, but when Jesus places his hand on the dead boy, and tells him ‘to rise’, it was a moment of crossing over for everyone present, the boy, who came back to life, the woman who was given new life, and the crowd who respond, “God has surely visited his people.”
The moments of crossing over are always before us. Sometimes they are so ordinary and mundane we miss them. As soon as we walked through those doors, we crossed over to a place of peace and strength. When you leave here today you will again cross over into a world where someone may need us at a critical moment. Do not be afraid of what will come our way today.