Summer is upon us. Once again we have made it through the snow and the rain and the grey and we are surrounded by green. We are past the planning and preparing and planting and now things are beginning to grow. School is out, graduations are over and ordinations are done and we can relax. The summer season is that gift that God gives us for making it through another winter.
Here we are at the tenth week of ordinary time. Ordinary time is kind of like the summer break of the liturgical year; Easter is behind us and Christmas is just a distant dream. These weeks are days to relax and savor the good things that the Lord has given us. We are called in these days to walk humbly with God.
We see in the readings for this week that even though it is ordinary time, Jesus is not taking a break. Jesus hears the grief of a widow in Nain and he raises her son from the dead. This event wasn’t on the way to the cross, nor was it in Bethlehem. Jesus performed this miracle while walking along the road; He was just living His life in His years of ministry and proclaiming the gospel. This was the ordinary time of His life.
Jesus wishes to be active in our lives here in ordinary time. There is a temptation that when school goes on break for the summer, our faith would go on break as well. We all need to ask the Lord to come into our leisure time and fill it with His grace. Growth in our relationship to Jesus never takes a break. We have been given the gift of the different seasons in the church year so that our relationship with Jesus will grow in a more complete way. We have the mountaintop experiences of Christmas and Easter where we rejoice in the tremendous works the Lord has done for our salvation and we have the peaceful quiet days of ordinary time where we can remain in the simple assurance that God is with us always.
The resurrection of her son must have been a life-changing event for the widow of Nain. For the disciples who were walking along with Jesus this event would have only served to deepen their understanding of the power and significance of this prophet who was in their midst. This event would not have amazed the disciples however. This wasn’t the first miracle that they witnessed, nor would it be the last. This was just the kind of event that happened when they were walking with Christ.
This summer let us continue our walk with Christ, because if we invite Him into the ordinary times of our lives there is no telling the miracles He might perform.
Fr. Grant Lacey