– Monday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time –
When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. (Luke 13:12-13)
In the gospel today, we hear a story about a woman of great faith. We don’t know her name, but know she was crippled for eighteen years. She was unable to stand straight so her whole world was limited by her infirmity.
Jesus saw beyond her outside appearance to her pain and suffering, but he also saw her faith. Jesus, moved by compassion, called her forward to be with him and he laid his hands on her. Through this personal encounter with Jesus, she was healed and immediately she could stand straight, she was returned to wholeness. The woman’s response was one of praise to God.
In healing the woman, Jesus breaks the rules of the Sabbath to show us how compassionate, loving and how beyond our imagination God’s love is. We are called to do the same. In a world of too much sadness, too much fear, we are called to be as compassionate and loving as Jesus. We may not be able to heal diseases or infirmities, but we can be compassionate, we can accompany people in their pain and suffering, and we can love.
So let us look to Jesus, the healer and transformer our hearts, for the strength and compassion to be Jesus’ disciples in faith and to reach out in service to others.
by Lisa McKerr