Daily Inspirations

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Daily Inspirations

Tuesday, September 19

The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
—LUKE 7:15


This scene recalls a similar one from Kings. A little boy died and Elijah placed his hands and eyes and mouth upon him and then the boy sat up in bed and sneezed. “Take your son,” Elijah said to the boy’s mother. Today it is almost the same. We know a bit more about the mother, that she was widowed, had only one son who had died, and was bitterly weeping. But after Jesus put his hand on her son’s coffin, “the dead man sat up and began to speak,” and just as Elijah had done, Jesus gave the man to his mother. Our hope is not that the risen will be merely swept off to eternity but that someday they’ll be delivered back into our arms.

1 Timothy 3:1–13
Psalm 101:1b–2ab,2cd–3ab,5,6
Luke 7:11–17


Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.


Excerpts from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Psalms Copyright © 1991, 1988, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. Used with permission. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.