Audio Readings October 29, 2012 Monday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time

Ephesians 4:32–5:8; Psalm 1:1-4, 6;Luke 13:10-17

“When Jesus saw her, he called to her.” (Luke 13:12)

It’s a safe bet that people never fell into a pious coma as they lis­tened to Jesus teach and preach. Whether he left them enraged, amazed, or engaged, he always got their attention. And so all eyes were riveted on him as he taught in the synagogue on that Sabbath day.

Well, not quite all. One pair of eyes was glued to the ground.

They belonged to a woman who was severely disabled, her spine bent into the shape of a shepherd’s crook. She was, quite literally, a lowly person who commanded no attention. Having seen her bent over for eighteen years, people took it for granted. And since, at the time, affliction was often viewed as a divine punishment for sin, this woman commanded even less respect. So it must have come as a huge shock when Jesus singled her out, healed her, and affirmed her dignity as a “daughter of Abraham” worthy of God’s intervention (Luke 13:16).

Our world is full of people like this bent woman. Some are strug­gling silently with a long-term illness or disability that has isolated them. Some are bowed down by grief or hopelessness. For others, it’s fear, a past hurt, or an unrepented sin that keeps them down. Perhaps you know someone like this, some­one who needs to hear Jesus call to them as he called to that hunched, overlooked woman in the syn­agogue. Listen prayerfully for a moment, and if anyone comes to mind, ask the Holy Spirit if there’s something you can do. Is there a practical service, a gentle prayer, or a word of encouragement you can offer? Can you be a messenger of hope and healing to that person?

While you’re at it, know that Jesus wants to raise you up, too! Because even the holiest and health­iest among us are works in progress. We all have issues in our lives that still need healing and liberation. If you can identify any areas that need a little more work, bring them to Jesus right now. If not, just come into his presence, knowing that he is fully able to search out and straighten whatever needs to be unbent.

“Jesus, you came ‘to proclaim liberty to captives’ and ‘to let the oppressed go free’ (Luke 4:18). Show me your freedom, Lord, and help me share it with others.” ~WAU

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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