Have you ever been in a situation where you feel you have lost just about everything? Imagine the anguish of the widows in this Sunday’s 1st Reading (1 Kings 17:17-24) and Gospel (Luke 7:11-17). The first widow essentially blames the prophet Elijah for the death of her son. The second widow is told by Jesus not to weep. Both of these widows’ responses are very real and human. When things go wrong we are prone to blame others for our hardship, or to break down in bitter tears. What about you? What route do you take? One like the widows? Or, like the Psalmist who exclaims who God has “changed my mourning into dancing…forever I will give You thanks.”
In our journey, there will be moments where we feel the tempest of life is too much for us. In those moments, let us remember who stands in the storm with us, and give Him praise, and find our misery turned to joy.