Posted by: livingscripture | October 29, 2012

Thirtieth Monday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

“When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, ‘Woman, you are set free of your infirmity’.” 

                                                                                                                            (Luke 13: 12)                                                         

                                                                                                                     

How should we live this Word

Often Jesus teaches out in the open, but not this time.  He is inside the Synagogue full of people as usual.  In fact, it was the Sabbath, the day par excellence for worshipping God.  Jesus notices a woman in the midst of the people.  She could not stand upright for the past eighteen years.  She did not ask anything, nor did she put herself forward.  He is the one who sees her and has pity for her condition.  He calls her to Himself and frees her.

These are the passages of interest to us today.  They deal with a progressive itinerary of approaching the person, a crescendo of understanding, of love, of the will to save which is freedom.  At first, the woman is bent over.  With Jesus’ intervention, she stands erect.  Now she is free in the newness of a glance with which she can embrace everything around her.  In this way, she becomes an eloquent icon for all of us who accept to be freed by Jesus.  Let’s be clear!  The underlying handicap is always our egoism that keeps us bent over, too often nailing us in wanting only the things of this earth.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will verify my outlook.  Is it broad enough to embrace all of creation and all of humanity with love and generous service or am I curved over myself? 

Lord, You are my liberator.  Make me desire your true freedom which means standing erect to see, know, want all that makes me a better person and human being.

The voice of St. Thomas of Aquinas, Holy Theologian

God’s omnipotence is manifested above all in pardon and mercy.

 

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