The Gospel proclamation speaks of a woman crippled for eighteen years, made straight by the Lord. If we had seen it, there would have been a “wow” on our lips. Not so the synagogue official. He was more concerned about observance of the law. The Lord manifests works of compassion and love: a response from the heart. What the Lord reveals is a celebration of a deeper meaning. A release from the effects of the fallen world we find ourselves in. A world that lives and tries, without success, to live according to the flesh in seeking happiness. We are however invited to put to death the deeds of the body, so that we might live in freedom; not as slaves to fear and uncertainty. For this the Lord invites us to share life in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives birth to a relationship as adopted sons and daughters; taken into the family of God, which is our destiny. This enables and encourages works of compassion like the Lord did. But be ready to face misunderstanding, rejection and suffering. Is that not why we are here?
Prayer: Abba Father, may I as a heir, have love to work in your estate in bringing healing to this crippled world. Amen.