Daily Word Of God
Luke 13:10-13, 14b-15a, 16, 17b
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 was indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, and he 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?’ When he said this, all his adversaries were covered with confusion, and all the people were overjoyed at all the wonders he worked.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Jesus was moved with deep compassion and cured the crippled woman. Jesus too wants to heal us of our hurts and pains of life.
- In contrast, the President of the synagogue was cold and rigid towards the crippled woman. Thus, he could not recognise the divine power of Jesus, the Messiah.
- Let us ask the Lord for the gift to see things with eyes of faith so that we will not react to the pain and misery of others with indifference.