Posted by: livingscripture | October 27, 2014

Thirtieth Monday in Ordinary Time

images (6)From the Word of the Day

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?.”

 (Luke 13: 16)    

How should we live this Word

Jesus sees a woman who for eighteen years could not stand upright.  He has compassion on her malady and heals her on the Sabbath.  He heals her without looking at the calendar or the laws that are an obstacle to the good of human beings.  Jesus reveals the good and merciful face of God who puts the human being at the center and does not hide behind the narrow mindedness of those who interpret the law in a very literal way.

He accomplishes a progressive journey of attention, of nearness, of salvation.  He sees her.  He calls her to Himself.  He places His hands on her and frees her from her illness.  The woman becomes the image of those who are bent over with the weight of sin, of their egoism, and are incapable of standing upright to look on high at the face of the Father who loves them, embraces them, and brings them growth.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, ask Jesus to help me stand upright in His presence so that I may gaze upon Him with love and confidence.

Lord God, my Savior, free me from the destructive consequences of sin, of rigidity of mind, of the emptiness of my soul.  Do not allow me to remain bent over myself, forgetting Your mercy. 

The voice of Fr. Claudio Doglio, Biblist 

The evangelist Luke wants to show how Jesus brought authentic freedom to the woman.  This person, who is bent, bound, blocked, is freed by Jesus.  She is a symbolic figure who represents female gender.  Divine intervention lifts up the woman, gives her dignity, relieves her, calls her to Himself, and proclaims her free.

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