Jesus meets the widow where she is, in her mourning, in her pain and has compassion for her. Compassion is the foundation from where abundant life springs forth.
In the merging of the two crowds we don’t hear a response from the widow, her reaction is lost in the awestruck crowd that is praising God.
The uniqueness is that Jesus’ actions come from this place of compassion and are not necessitated by the woman’s faith. The faithfulness then comes from Jesus; he even pushes against this self imposed boundary that says that God only helps the faithful.
Prayer: God help me to see need, in the faces of those on the margins, in places I would rather not look. Open me to your expansive grace that breaks down barriers and includes all. May I be an agent of your compassion today. Amen.