DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Compassion – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus was moved with great Compassion; and cured the woman who was suffering greatly from her infirmity, even on the Sabbath. Ponder on, “Do we have empathy for the suffering: sick, aged, depressed, poor and marginalised of society? What is Jesus saying to us today?”
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
Luke 13:10-13, 14b-15a, 16
One sabbath day Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit that left her enfeebled: she was bent double and quite unable to stand upright. When Jesus saw her he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are rid of your infirmity,’ and he laid his hands on her. And at once she straightened up, and she glorified God.
But the synagogue official addressed the people present. ‘There are six days’ he said ‘when work is to be done. Come and be healed on one of those days and not on the sabbath.’ But the Lord answered him. ‘Hypocrites!’ he said ‘This woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan has held bound these eighteen years — was it not right to untie her bonds on the sabbath day?’