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Jesus acts out of compassion

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Shirly Benedictos

September 19, Tuesday of the 24th Week of Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1 Timothy 3:1–13; Gospel: Luke 7:11–17

The death of an only son is often a source of inconsolable grief, especially for a woman who has also previously lost her husband. She is alone, and there is no one to take care of her.

This was the situation for women during the time of Jesus. Women were totally dependent on men—their husbands and sons. To be a widow is to be poor and lonely.

When Jesus saw the widow, who was in deep sorrow over her only son’s death, he was deeply moved to pity. He could feel what she felt. Consequently, he brought the dead man back to life and returned him to his mother. He turned her sorrow into joy.

What is amazing about Jesus is not just his healing power but also his deep compassion. He could commiserate with those who suffer and use his power to alleviate their plight. His compassion was not just a matter of feeling; it moved him to action. He had to do something within his power. Compassion was the driving force behind each miracle that Jesus performed. These were also ultimately signs of the presence of the reign of God.

We, his disciples, do not have the power that Jesus has, but we can imitate his deep compassion for those who suffer—those who grieve, those who are sick, poor, and lonely. It is not enough to feel sorry for them. Our pity should move us to act—to do something.

We may not be able to perform miracles, but that does not mean that we are powerless to help others. Each one of us has our own gifts, talents, and resources that we can use to help others.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.