Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost The Gospel Luc. 7. v. 11. Monday Meditation: A Plaine Path-way To Heaven Thomas Hill 1634
GOSPEL ¤ Luke 7. 11-16
At that time, Jesus went into a city called Naim: and there went with Him His disciples, and a great multitude. And when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and much people of the city were with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said to her: Weep not. And He came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it, stood still. And He said: Young man, I say to thee, Arise. And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: A great Prophet is risen up amongst us, and God hath visited His people.
A Great company went with Christ to the City Naim, a great company went with the dead Corps, who meeting all together saw this great miracle of raising the young man from death,and seeing it magnified God for the same.
Hereby we may learn, that as it is good sometimes,to do our good works secretly, and so secretly, as Christ counsels us, that our left hand know not what our right hand doth, for avoiding of vainglory and losing the merit of our works: yet if we do not our good works principally for vainglory, and praise of men, it is good also sometimes that others see them, or know thereof, and the more the better, that they seeing our good works, done for the love of God, and for his sake, and by his grace, without which we cannot so much as think a good thought, they may glorify and magnify, not us, but, God so much the more, as this multitude of people did: to which purpose no doubt Christ did this miracle, and work, so publicly as he did: and if we see the people to magnify and glorify us for our good works, we may transfer the glory thereof unto God, by some speech to that purpose, as St. Peter did, who when he saw the people to admit and magnify him for making a lame Cripple that could not stand on his feet more then he was carried by others, to go, and leap, and skip for joy, the people admiring them, he said unto them: Yee men of Israel, Why do yee admire, and gaze upon us (St. John being with him) as if we had made this man to walk of our own power or virtue? It is in the name and power of Jesus, whom God hath glorified, & whom you have crucified,that we have done this famous miracle, that you should believe in him the sooner; and thus he put of the glory of this miracle from himself unto God, and the edification of the beholders.
And moreover St. Peter did put of from himself, as much as he could, even the very doing thereof, as the instrument of God,& joined St. John with him,because he was in his company, saying to the company, Why do yee behold us, in the plural number,as if St. John and he had done if both together, whereas St.Peter did it alone; an excellent example both for doing our good deeds as secretly as we can from vainglory, and yet as publically as we can to the glory of God, & edification of the people, as this miracle was done at the gate of the Temple where there was a very great concourse of people.