FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
30th Monday of Ordinary Time
October 26, 2020
WORD of the DAY
He was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. 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.” 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? 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?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him. (Luke 13: 10-17)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus gives a new meaning to the Sabbath, indeed, He gives it back its original meaning. The law of the Sabbath is at the service of humanity and God is glorified by anyone who shows mercy towards their neighbor. In today’s passage, human beings again receive their dignity and right consideration from Jesus, even if the miracle does not leave those present undisturbed. The healed woman glorifies God because she recognizes in the work done by Jesus a manifestation of His omnipotence and His goodness. The head of the synagogue, instead, is indignant and scandalized by the commotion that took place in the sacred place and above all because it is precisely in the place where the Sabbath is celebrated, that the Sabbath commandment is transgressed. The enthusiasm of the crowd may have created some inconvenience, one that should happen every day!
Lord Jesus, let us ‘bend’ not under the weight of the law but of the charity and compassion that makes us neighbors for those we meet.
The voice of the Dalai Lama, Buddhist Monk
We have to learn the rules well in order to break them in the right way.
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