Gospel Lk 7:11-17
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, crying out
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst, “
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.
Jesus, Healer and Master,
I wait for your gentle hands to untie the shroud of death within me.
I wait to be united with the great grace that allows me full life and love in you.
Unwrap the ways my mouth, my body, my spirit are bound up by division and sin.
Untie me so that I may live in you.
I, too, stand with those who have died in spirit and in truth.
I wait for healing and your restorative presence so that our lives may bear witness to you.
Encourage us all who have lost love so that hope again may thrive.
Help our community and me to stand among suffering and death.
Give us courage to touch what is dead and awaken true discipleship here.
Open up the wrap of cynicism, mistrust and grief that ties us so tightly.
Show us how to throw the shroud away from our anger and shame.
Lift us up to life again, life in the Spirit of hope.
Jesus, Healer and Master, we do not know where else to turn when our words shut others down, when our actions cause death in our relationships, when our attitudes bind us up.
Be gentle with your people.
We desire to see your face calling us out of our numbness and stubbornness.
Be gentle with your people who long for forgiveness and a new relationship with you.
(Prayer text: Ronald Raab, CSC)