The Gospel: When He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother. (Luke 7:12)
The Explanation: Christ God, the Door of life and immortality, drew near to the gates of the city of Nain; the Giver of life put an end to weeping. The Master met the dead man's bier and halted it; to the mother of him who lay there He said, Weep not, O woman, but still thy cries with silence; for I am the Resurrection and the life (John 11:25). Cease now from weeping and leave thy tears; for thou wilt be loosed from all thought of tears, and thy weeping will be turned into joy. And, drawing near, He touched the bier; the bearers stood still, amazed and frightened, not knowing who He was and with what design He touched the bier. As they waited in astonishment and looked to see what would happen, Christ called out to the dead man and said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. In such a way, with a word and a touch, He raised the dead man. Immediately, by the power of His word and His touch, the dead man sat up straight and spake before all. Though Christ could have performed the miracle with a word alone, He also touched the bier, that we might understand that the Body of Christ our God is a Body of life and immortality, that He it is Who of old with His most pure hands formed man from dust by divine creation and gave him life and a soul with His divine and noetic breath; furthermore, He it is Who at the end will resurrect and raise up human nature again at the sound of the trumpet, and will render to every man according to his deeds (Rom. 2:6); for He is the Judge of the living and the dead; He is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). If Christ is the Way, then those who follow Him will seek no other guide. If the words spoken by Him are the truth, and not lies, then blessed are they that believe in Him. Whether they live or die, they that fulfil His holy commandments will be alive; as He says elsewhere also, He that believeth in Me, though He were dead, yet shall he live (John 11:25); and, If a man keep My saying, He shall never see death (John 8:51). Demons and wicked men may receive the word of God by hearing it; however, salvation is not merely in the hearing of the word alone, nor does life lie simply in understanding the word, but rather in keeping and doing what has been heard. The man who shall never see death is one who is a steadfast keeper of the commandments of God and the instructions of Christ.
The Gospel Commentary, Compiled and Authored by the Holy Patriarch Philotheos of Constantinople ✠1379, The Third Sunday of Saqint Luke, pp. 449-451