Ordinary Time: September 21st
Commentary on the Readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
"'Young man, I say to thee, arise.' And he who was dead . . . began to speak. And (Jesus) gave him (to his mother" (Gospel).
Holy Mother Church, like unto "a widow," weeps for the return of every sinner (figure in background) as if for an "only child"; that the Christ-Life might return to the godless, to the apostate.
"I say to thee, arise." Though alive we may be dead! Go to Him in prayer, "morning" and "night"; and in the Sacraments also, that His Life-giving "graces" may save us from our death-dealing "inclinations".
"While we have time, let us do good to all men," that they, too, may be reborn, renewed in this Christ-Life. "Instruct . . . (one who is) doing something wrong . . . Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ".