Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost The Gospel Luc. 7. v. 11.Wednesday 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.
In regard that Christ raised this young man from death, he seemed to deserve, according to the fashion of the world that expecteth (even for their good works some temporal recompence) to have had him for his servant all days of his life, or some reward at his Mother’s hands; but Christ required no such matter, he gave him freely to his Mother again: whereby we may learn to do our works of charity & mercy freely without expecting any reward, or so much as thanks of our part, though the other parties of their parts ought to be thankful, that our reward may be the fuller in heaven, following the councils of Christ, who sayth thus in the Gospel: When thou makest a dinner or supper, invite not thy brethren, nor thy rich neighbors, least peradventure they invite thee again, & recompence thee for it: but call the poor, & feeble, and lame, & blind unto it, and thou shalt be happy, because they having not to requite thee, thou shalt be rewarded in the resurrection of the just.
And in another place, he exhorteth them that lend money, to lend it freely, not hoping for any thing for it. And their reward shall be great, and they shall be the children of the most high, imitating their heavenly Father.