Luke, Chapter 7

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Jesus Revives the Widow’s Son 

11And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 16And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. 17And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about. 18And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. 19And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 20When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 21And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.(Luke 7: 11-22)

Jesus and his many disciples arrive in the village of Nain, near Nazareth. At the gates of the city, Jesus sees a widow weeping over the death of her only son. Jesus has mercy for the grieving mother. He approaches the coffin and tells the boy to rise. To everyone’s amazement, the child sits up. John the Baptist hears about these miracles. He encourages Jesus to proclaim himself the Messiah. However, Jesus states that the time has not yet come. In doing a kind deed, Jesus gathers the sparks of creation and increases the lost light in our world. Moreover, he underscores the true purpose of our lives limitless and completely selfless love and generosity.

Love is unrestricted, unconditional positive feelings towards other beings.