Ephesians 4:32-5:8; Psalm 1; Luke 13:10-17
In the Gospel, Jesus heals a woman who was bent over for 18 years. It may be a physical condition. But the fact that Jesus says it was caused by a demon makes us to understand that her paralysis was a spiritual problem. Sometimes, our physical disorders are due to demonic attack; we are crippled by certain forces and our daily presence in the temple does not change our condition. Beloved, don’t get so used to the temple, be open and be expectant! Jesus wants us to have life in its fullness; he sets out to free us from everything that holds us captive. To the Synagogue officials who were infuriated that Jesus healed on a Sabbath Jesus attacked the absurdity of their arguments, and puts them to shame. For Jesus mercy and compassion are paramount. Thus, St Paul in the first reading calls us to be kind to one another and tenderhearted.
LET US PRAY
Lord Jesus, heal us today we pray; we may have carried our burden for years; our suffering may have caused by our own free will or by a demon. Lord you have the power to heal for you have come to give us life to the full and so Lord, free us from every attack, sicknesses and diseases; free us also from all human attitudes and judgments which imprison and enslave us. Amen.