St Cyril of Alexandria directs us toward the connection between this miracle – the raising of the son of the widow of Nairn, with the miracle in the previous section of Luke’s Gospel, the healing of the Centurion’s slave. In the latter Jesus was present by invitation, here he is there by accident, and in fulfilment of the Old testament prophetic hope of the coming of the Messiah – this is one of the signs that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. Christ, who is the life and the resurrection, meets the dead man in the tomb, and he, who is the destroyer of death and corruption, restores life to the man. He had mercy of the widow and dried her tears. So, for us, he will restore us at the last, and all tears will be dried.
St Ambrose writes about the way in which the Church, our Mother, will intercede with Christ for us and our sins.
Christ, St Cyril reminds us, raised the man who was descending into the grave. Nothing is more powerful than the word of God – his mere word and touch restored life. This is a reminder to us that the church, the body of Christ, is effectual for our salvation. The flesh of Christ gives life and annihilates death. May Our Lord Jesus Christ also touch us, delivering us from evil works, even fleshly lusts, and may he unite us to assemblies of the saints.
Let is be known to people everywhere that the Lord is God, and even though he appears in a form like us, yet he has given us the indications of a Godlike power. He drove away evil spirits and raised the dead. The miracle he wrought at Nain was one of the many epiphanies through which Christ revealed to the world who he really was.