10/24/2022 (Monday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 13:10-17
10 Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath.
11 And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.
12 When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.”
13 He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God.
14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.”
15 The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering?
16 This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?”
17 When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.
10/24/2022 (Monday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 13:10-17
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus read a passage from the prophet Isaiah which He appropriated as His own mission. The passage says thus:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Then He claimed that “this passage is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21).
In the gospel reading above, the mission of Jesus to give freedom to the oppressed is fulfilled. By healing a woman who has been crippled for 18 years, He has set her free from her physical oppression. Verse 12 tells us that Jesus saw her, called her and told her that she is freed from her infirmity. She was bent over for eighteen years and now she could stand straight. Moreover, Jesus identified her as a daughter of Abraham. This was a defining moment for the woman. Previously, she was a nobody and perhaps the recipient of a hundred and one laughters but now, she can stand and hold her head high because Jesus gave back her dignity as a member of the chosen people of God.
Verse 13 says, she glorified God. Indeed, God is good. Perhaps at the verge of giving up, the woman now is happy and she knew how to thank God by giving Him back all the glory He deserved. Verse 17 says the people also rejoiced at the great deed of Jesus.
But not everyone was happy. This was done on a Sunday and the synagogue leader complained that the healing was a violation of the law of Moses. Yet Jesus explained that Sabbath is in fact the proper time to do good such as healing someone.
All of us have infirmities that oppress us. Let us continue to seek Jesus to free us from all kinds of oppression so that, like the woman, we could stand straight and glorify God together as one people. It may take as long as eighteen years or even longer, but let us believe that in Jesus, there is freedom.