He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” From the Gospel of St. Luke. Jesus was a controversial person in Jerusalem. He had done things no other prophet had done since Elijah. He healed the centurion’s servant. He raised the widow’s son from the dead. When he was invited to the house of Simon the Pharisee, he allowed a woman, a notorious sinner to bathe his feet with her tears, to dry them with her hair, to kiss his feet and anoint them. He was a prophet like none they had ever seen. So when Jesus asked the disciples who the people said he was, he knew they would be as confused as Simon.
Luke 7:36-50 Jesus he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” This story shows us the difference between miserly and extravagant love. Simon, a Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner probably did so out of curiosity. He had likely heard of Jesus’ teaching, and how he healed the servant of the centurion, and raised the widow’s son who had died. So perhaps he had to see for himself who Jesus was, and if any of what he had heard was true.
“Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” from the Gospel of St. Luke. Last week we heard about how Jesus healed the servant of the centurion. This week we heard about a mother whose son who had died. This passage is remarkably like the reading from 1st Kings, isn’t is? Let’s look at the similarities.