- Healing and compassionate God,
your hands hold gently all creation,
your touch brings life in the face of death,
your love transforms destruction into grace.
Touch our lives with your Spirit,
brining new life and hope,
so that we may live and serve you with joy and praise. Amen.
Our first reading (whether you choose the long version of the short) is the story of Elijah's raising of the widow's son at Zarapheth. If you choose the longer reading, you also get the story of Elijah's sojourn with the widow, and the abundance he brings in the face of famine. Together these acts demonstrate to the widow that Elijah is indeed a "man of God."
Our gospel reading from Luke finds Jesus and his followers entering Nain when they encounter a funeral procession. Jesus is filled with pity for the plight of the widow returns her son to life, causing a great stir among the onlookers.
If resurrection stories aren't speaking to you this week, you might chose the passage from Galatians, in which Paul describes his credentials for preaching and teaching the gospel; the commentary at Working Preacher has some great suggestions for how to approach this text, if you, like me, find preaching Paul challenging.
We're only three weeks into the loooooong season of Pentecost and already I'm seeing comments about "Pentecost fatigue" over on Facebook. Where are this week's readings leading you? Are you loving Luke or longing for Advent already? Doing something different for summer? Share your ideas, inspirations, questions and frustrations wherever you might be headed, on lectionary or off.