Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And 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, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.” The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? 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?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
We all have pieces of our lives that feel, at times, like bondage. Maybe it is not the bondage of being crippled as the woman in the Gospel was, but perhaps something that we have battled or struggled with for a long time–a broken relationship, an addiction, a deep wound, a financial crisis, or an illness.
Imagine Jesus calling to you and immediately setting you free from your “infirmity.” Imagine the freedom you would feel to be completely and instantaneously released from the bondage in your life. Imagine yourself in front of Jesus glorifying him and thanking him for the gifts of healing and freedom. Would it matter to you if your healing took place on the Sabbath or would your desperation to be healed override any law?
Talk to Jesus, today, about the healing you need in your own life.
—Becky Eldredge is a spiritual director, writer, retreat facilitator and mom of three.
Jesus, I turn to you today, and ask for the grace of freedom and healing from the bondages I currently face in my life. I turn to your great Advocate, the Holy Spirit, and with expectant faith pray…
Holy Spirit, come and fill this place. Bring your healing and your warm embrace. Show your power, make your presence known. Holy Spirit, come fill this place.
Breath of God we need a touch from you. Shine down on us with the light of truth Stir our hearts and set our spirits free Holy Spirit, come fill this place.
(This prayer was taught to me by parishioners at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in New Orleans, LA in the months after Hurricane Katrina)Please share the Good Word with your friends!