This drawing depicts the young man coming back to life in today’s gospel, Luke 7:11-17. He was the only son a poor widow. The sorrowful mother has great faith that Jesus can raise up her son from death. She has no cultural power or influence, yet Jesus listens to her request and discovers her faith. This image depicts the fresh face of new life coming out of the darkness of lifelessness. He represents all of us who long for new life from within our hearts and minds. In the face of Jesus, all things are possible for us.
We all long to be brought back to life when grief strikes us down or when our child loses hope. We long for new life when our shame eats away at our self-worth, when we have internalized the put-downs from other people. We ache for a new view of ourselves when our parents separate or when household violence makes a permanent home in our emotions. We long for new life when depression overcomes our days at school and family life at home. We long for a new perspective when we feel our lives have not turned out the way we had planned. We long for new life coming home from war and leaving the violence and rage behind us. We long for new life when we lose our job, our health or the illusion of our control. We really long for the life that God has for us in the life that is ours and not the life that we think we should have.
Jesus heals the young man at his mother’s request. Jesus comes to us all in unexpected moments and ways to heal us beyond our imagining.