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LOOKING UP TO HEAVEN A sick woman and PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Reyes   
Sunday, 25 October 2009 22:20
LOOKING UP TO HEAVEN A sick woman and the mercy of Jesus. In today's Gospel St. Luke recounts an incident that happened when Jesus was teaching in a synagogueon the sabbath.1 And there wasa woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. Without a word being spoken, Jesus is moved with compassion for her: He called her and said to her, 'Woman, you are freed from your infirmity'. And He laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue became indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath. With his shriveled heart he could not comprehend the majesty of the divine mercy that had freed this woman from so much anguish. He was zealous for the observance of the letter of the Law,2 but he was unable to grasp that God was well pleased with this miraculous healing. His heart was cold and his mind closed. He could not appreciate the true meaning of what had happened. The Messiah foretold by the Scriptures was standing right in front of him. And yet he had no hesitation in rebuking Jesus and the people around him: There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day. As on other similar occasions the Lord does not remain silent. Then the Lord answered him, You hypocrites!’ Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? This woman, this daughter of Abraham, has far greater value in the Lord's eyes than does a beast of burden. As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. The woman was freed from the spirit of infirmity that had enslaved her. Now she could stand up straight and look at Christ. She could look up to Heaven. She could see the world and everyone around her. We should meditate frequently on these passages that reveal the Lord's great mercy. Jesus shows this refinement and affection not only to a small group of disciples, but to everyone: to the holy women, to representatives of the Sanhedrin, like Nicodemus, to tax collectors like Zacchaeus; He shows it to sick and healthy people, to teachers of the law and pagans, to individuals and to crowds. The Gospels tell us that Jesus had no place to rest his head, but they also tell us that he had many good, close friends, eager to have him stay in their homes when he was in the vicinity. They tell us of his compassion for the sick, of his sorrow for those who were ignorant or in error, his anger at the money changers who profaned thetemple.3 The prayerful consideration of these scenes in the Gospel should lead us to have greater confidence in Jesus, especially when we ourselves are in need. May we struggle hard to lift up our hearts from the material world. We can never pass by pain or misery with indifference. We should react with the heart of the Master and have compassion on our neighbors. 1. Luke13:10-17 2. cf Ex20:8 3. J. Escriva, Christ is passing by, 108 Announcement: We are conducting weekly Bible Studies (on Sunday's Gospel) via Skype every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Philippine time. To join, just email us your Skype ID and we'll invite you. With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at ( To subscribe or unsubscribe, please email The DEFENSORES FIDEI FOUNDATION actively spreads Ecclesial Information, Catechetical Instructions and Apologetics in pursuit of making good Catholics better Catholics. Any contribution to help this apostolate is heaven-sent and now TAX-DEDUCTIBLE (in USA). Please visit us at

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