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Liturgical day: Tuesday 24th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 7,11-17): Jesus went to a town called Naim and many of his disciples went with him —a great number of people. As He reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother and she was a widow (…). On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, «Don't cry». Then He came up and touched the stretcher and the men who carried it stopped. Jesus then said, «Young man, awake, I tell you». And the dead man got up and began to speak (…).

The greatness of humanity depends on its relation with the sufferer

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the mercy of God towards the needy is highlighted. The true measure of humanity is essentially determined in relationship to suffering and to the sufferer. This holds true both for the individual and for society.

A society unable to accept its suffering members and incapable of helping to share their suffering and to bear it inwardly through "com-passion" is a cruel and inhuman society. Yet society cannot accept its suffering members unless individuals are capable of doing so themselves; moreover, the individual cannot accept another’s suffering unless he personally is able to find meaning in suffering, a path of purification and growth in maturity, a journey of hope.

—O Jesus, help me to welcome the sufferer by taking up his suffering, so it becomes also mine. Then, this shared suffering will be penetrated by the light of love and we will experience the joy of consolation: both of us —united in suffering— will find You, Who suffered on the cross for us.