Sunday Reflection for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, by Christine Ernstes, OSF

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Reflection for June 9, 2013
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: 1 Kings: 17:17-24   
Second Reading: Galatians 1: 11-19

Gospel: Lk 7: 11-17
“You changed my mourning into dancing.”  Psalm 30:12
In today’s reading, we meet two widows, each of whom has lost their only son, their only breadwinner.  A breadwinner who would care for them for the rest of their lives.  Not only were they mourning the loss of their sons, but their future was in great doubt.  For these women, the raising of their sons was a reversal of fortune.  Their mourning and fear of the future was changed into rejoicing and dancing as they received their sons.
We all know of people who mourn because of addiction, rejection, betrayal, sickness, or the death of a loved one.  Our scripture reminds us to work to accentuate the positive and celebrate the reversal of fortune.  Like Elijah and Jesus, we are to help people tap into the Lord’s power.  The power will help them in the time of reversal to change it into rejoicing and dancing.
Lord Jesus, give us the eyes to see the reversals of others.  Give us the courage to reach out to them in their times of loss and trial so they may find compassion, concern and the love of God at this time.  Amen.

Christine Ernstes, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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