Posted by: livingscripture | October 26, 2015

30th Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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 was indignant that Jesus had cured on the Sabbath…”     

(Luke 13-10-17)

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 The message that comes from today’s readings can be unified under one title: the freedom of the Spirit.  We can begin with St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, where he affirms: “You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’”.  Then in Luke’s Gospel, we see Jesus free a woman ‘whom Satan had bound for eighteen years’, telling her, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity”.  He was indignant at the hypocrisy of the synagogue leaders who were only concerned about the Sabbath observance!

In today’s Gospel, Jesus does not only free this suffering woman, but He acts as a person who is totally free, by curing a person on the Sabbath, well aware that this gesture of love would be roundly criticized.  Thus, this was a gesture of Jesus’ supreme liberty, capable of shaking our legalistic certainties even today.

Jesus unmasks the hypocrisy of those who have lost sight of what is essential in the life of a disciple as well as the falsity of those who would enslave themselves in a purely exterior observance of the laws so as to avoid involving themselves personally in the concrete exercise of the greatest commandment, love of our brothers and sisters.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will examine my conscience to see if I have become legalistic in my Christian life, given more to the observance of the laws to tranquilize myself rather than let myself be involved in the love of my sisters and brothers and ‘dirty’ my hands in concretely helping those who are suffering.

Lord, give me an active and concrete faith that shows itself in gestures of love toward others.

 The Voice of Cardinal George Mario Bergoglio

 Know that we do not need to be afraid of freedom. Know that there are many who buy false things because they are afraid of freedom.  Every time they are offered an ‘easy’ life, they become weak and are afraid of freedom.  If we want to walk and triumph  in life, we must not be afraid of freedom, the freedom that God has placed in our heart; the freedom to be great; the freedom that saves us from becoming invisible.

 

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