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August 21, 2016: Proper 16 / Ordinary 21 / Pentecost +14


Luke 13:10-17

10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” 13When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” 15But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” 17When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

I wonder what it means that a woman had a spirit that crippled her? I assumed it meant she was bent over with a bad back.. But what if it was depresssion or anxiety?

I found the people’s response interesting.. If the woman was coming to be healed by God surely the best day to be healed by God would be on God’s day.. I wonder why it annoyed them soo much that she wanted to be healed? Were they jealous? Were they annoyed that this woman took Jesus away from the important task of teaching them.. or were they in the middle of a great thought and she interupted!


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