This week's gospel reading explores forgiveness and our response to it: showing gratitude for this free gift from God.
Following last week's story of Jesus healing the Roman Centurian's servant, Jesus comes across a funeral procession for a widow's only son, and feels deeply the pain that she is going through. In his act of raising him from the dead, Jesus shows his power over death, and reminds us that God goes with us throughout all of life, and is always there to bring life from death.
How do we approach God in prayer without thinking of God as our genie in the bottle, as if our only thing to talk to God about is asking him to give us things? The story of Jesus and his interaction with the Roman Centurian sheds some light on this question.
Faith and our life with God involves mystery. The ancients always understood this, but we've seemed to have lost the reality of mystery in our faith life. Can we embrace the mystery that is God and let that influence the mystery that is human existance?
God's Spirit is always creating, and recreating! In the beginning at creation, in our daily lives, and creating life from the midst of death.