Monday of the 30th Week of the Year

Luke 13:10-17

Cure of a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

A non-government organization made mentioned about suggestions in caring for the sick people. These suggestions are the following: 1) Treat people who are sick with sincere sympathy; 2) Conform to the limitations of the sick; 3) Be encouraging and optimistic; 4) Don’t catch another person’s illness; 5) Pray for people who are sick; 6) Fight sickness by working for wellness; 7) Pay attention to the rules of good health like: proper nutrition, adequate exercise, fresh air, a positive spirit, a fulfilling occupation, satisfying interpersonal relationships, a good disposition, service to others, a friendly relationship to life, freedom from harmful habits; 8) Sometimes it is necessary to tell sick people the hard truth kindly but firmly.

In today’s gospel, Jesus cures the crippled woman during Sabbath day. But a leader of the synagogue complained to Jesus when He does it on the Sabbath. As a background, for the Pharisee during the time of Jesus, care for the sick was considered a work and therefore was forbidden on the Sabbath unless there was proximate danger of death. In this gospel text, it is very clear that this cure of the sick woman is a form of care, not in danger of death and therefore it is condemned as an activity. In the 365 Days with the Lord 2007, it says that in their narrow-minded interpretation of the law of the Sabbath, these men do not realize how illogical they have become, they see no difficulty in working for the sake of their ox or ass by untying it and taking it out to water, a mere animal, yet they object to Jesus untying this woman who have been tied by Satan for eighteen years. How can Satan do this?  The Bible indicates that Satan can act in the world with malice and can cause injuries, of a spiritual nature and indirectly, even of physical nature.

Sick people deserve special treatment, isn’t it? But most often, those who are taking care of the sick are not prepared to give them even normal treatment because no formal training has been given. Perhaps we cannot heal sick people like doctors do but we are obligated to do the best we can. And care for the sick is one of the spiritual works of mercy.

When that final day and our last breath arrive, every one of us will meet Christ face-to-face. Christ will show us the history of our life and will highlight all of those moments in which we loved. Christ will base his eternal judgment on how much we have loved especially with sick people. He says that when the Son of Man comes in majesty to render final judgment on all of humankind, He will say to the chosen ones on His right hand: “I was sick and you visited me” and to the condemned on His left hand: “I was sick and you did not visit me.” Love is very practical and it demands time and sacrifice.

And so in spite of our busy schedules and multiple commitments, we should have  time to visit and pray for our loved ones and friends who are suffering from any kind of sickness, be it spiritual or physical. Christ wants to touch them through our words and prayers. He is asking us to be His ambassadors and instruments of His love.

See Today’s Readings: Year I,   Year II

OPTION  01,   02,   03,

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