In the gospel reading there are two narratives: one – Jesus heals a crippled woman and the other – Jesus heals a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body, and we may find that there are few common things. Both healings occur on the Sabbath, both involve dispute with a leader of the synagogue, both report a statement as well as a healing, and in both Jesus invites his opponents to reason from what they would do for an ox to what they should do for a fellow human being. Each includes a dialogue with the Jewish authorities about whether it is reasonable to heal on a Sabbath or not: if it is legitimate to help an animal in danger and allowable to help a human being on a Sabbath.
One of things that strike me is about a woman in the synagogue. Even with her severe disability she was in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Even more important she had not allowed her physical condition to weaken her relationship with God. She had been this way for eighteen years all bent over and unable to rise up. The pain was sometimes severe, yet her habit was to be in worship to praise her Maker. That’s faith. That’s devotion. This woman would have missed the healing touch of Jesus if she had not been in worship that day.
I believe that our church is a place where people still come for healing and acceptance, and to find help for their hurting hearts. Imagine someone coming in the doors of our church who is bent over either symbolically or literally like this poor woman in today’s story. Is she going to encounter the spirit of Jesus Christ that heals or the spirit of this synagogue leader? The answer to that question is up to each of us—every one of us. Let’s make certain that we are a church family that always seeks to heal a church family that surrounds people with the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Remember, God is waiting in the place of worship to bless you, to heal you, to strengthen you. IL-WOONG.
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