I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me
Christ restores life; this he has done through his own death and resurrection—today’s readings illustrate this is different ways.
In the First Reading the son of the house, where Elijah is staying, dies. Elijah revives the child and restores him to his grieving, widowed mother.
The Gospel mirrors this story with Jesus having compassion on the widow of Nain and restoring her son to her.
Psalm 29 unites the two readings with its refrain: I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me. It is a psalm full of gratitude that both widows could have sung: For me you have changed my mourning into dancing.
Paul, in the Second Reading to the Galatians, tells of how he turned from persecuting the Church to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. He too has been restored, through the revelation of Christ, to a new life of grace.