Homeless couple on the street in Midtown Manhattan
Photo: Lidelfo A. Franco
A new day of joy and wonder comes upon a dead young man and his grieving, widowed mother. Jesus raises him to life. What would his life be like after that!
This is the point of inspiration in engraving the following words on an altar at a retreat house for adolescents. “Young man, I say to thee, arise.” I knelt before this altar as a senior in high school, beholding this saying. I began to realize then and afterward the full implications of that verse, as though written for me alone. I was to arise to a life of ministry that God had designed for me.
What does the verse say to you—man or woman? The new life for you and me means a death of a previous one before the Risen One can raise us. How will today be different for you because the Lord is raising you now to new life?
Compassion of Jesus Christ v. 13
“Young man, I say to you, rise!” v. 14
Great prophet risen with us v. 16
Spreading the word about You v. 1
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This is the second of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.
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