LK 13:10-17

Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And 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. 

When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 

But 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.” 

But 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? And 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?” 

When 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.
Gospel citations come from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Chelsea King ‘12, Ph.D. candidate

When I was thinking about becoming Catholic, my biggest fear was, “What if I’m wrong?” Growing up as a Biblical fundamentalist and having that worldview shattered by some very intelligent people, I became wary of believing in anything.

Ultimately, I had to realize that what was at stake here was my pride. I had been proven wrong in one area of my life that was so important to me, and I had no desire to trust anything again. My ego was profoundly crippled. I could not handle the pain of being wrong—again.

But I never gave into myself, nor did I give up on God’s ability to overcome my pride. I heard the call of the Church, and I responded, forgetting myself momentarily. And it was in that “moment” that I knew Christ was doing the work for me. I allowed him to place his hands on my heart and transform it, so that he could straighten a crippled soul.

This passage points to the fact that God can heal us from our weakness at any point in our lives, even when we least expect it. Jesus is always calling us to him so that he might say to us, “You are set free from your ailment.”

These are powerful words, and must be believed if we are to walk upright.

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Father Herbert Yost, CSC

Lord Jesus, we come before you, stooped and burdened with troubles, worries, and fears. We look to you for healing, for assistance, or at the very least for the hope that healing and help will come. Let nothing in our hearts stand in your way. Amen.


St. Anthony Mary Claret, you supported the Catholic press and are the spiritual father of Cuba--pray for us!