Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost The Gospel Luc. 7. v. 11. Sunday Meditation: A Plaine Path-way To Heaven Thomas Hill 1634
EECKHOUT, Gerbrand van den
Abraham and the Three Angels
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.
Jesus went not to the City Naim by chance, but of purpose, knowing all things (as he was God) to comfort this sorrowful widow.
Worldly men use not to shun, but to hunt after all opportunities far and nigh, by sea, and land, night and day, to benefit themselves i worldly commodities: much more ought we so to do, in the works of mercy, & other spiritual commodities, knowing the certain reward thereof, That what we sow in this world, we shall be sure to reap in the next, so much better then we sow, by how much better the soul is then the body: & oftentimes we are also bountifully rewarded here, a hundred fold in this world, and life everlasting.
This made Abraham to go forth out of his house, at dinner time, in all the heat of the day, to meet with poor weary travelers and pilgrims, & invite them, not slightly, but rather compel them to his house to eat and drink,and refresh themselves, and instead of men he met once with Angels in the shape of men,and brought them into his house, and for this he was rewarded,with being made A Father of a Son, being destitute of issue, and past human hope, by reason of old age: he was made A Father, I say, of a Son, & such a son, in whom all generations were blessed, of whose offspring came Christ Jesus,the Messias and Saviour of the world.
Of this virtue of Hospitality St. Paul sayth thus: Brethren, let the charity of fraternity remain in you, and forget not hospitality, for by this,divers have instead of men, received Angels, as we may gather out of these words of Christ, He that receives a Prophet in the name of a Prophet, shall receive the reward of a Prophet: and he that receives a just man, in the name of a just man, shall receive the reward of a just man: and he that giveth but a cup of cold water to the least of the poor,shall not lose his reward, which benediction and reward we shall also receive, if we receive and relieve the poor for Christ his sake, of whom Christ sayth, what ye do unto such,ye do unto me.
Thus much of hospitality and relieving the poor, one of the works of mercy, by reason of Christ his not reliving,but reviving this young man,which is more,& comforting his sorrowful Mother.