Eighteen years bent over …Ponder this long time for the woman. Her eyes focus only on the ground beneath her—rarely on the sky. She is utterly “weakened” by her condition⎯the root meaning of “illness” in the Greek word, astheneia.
She comes to the synagogue to hear Jesus. At least she can receive some consolation from this now famous itinerant preacher. Jesus spots her and calls her to come near, lays healing hands on her and she stands up strong and free.
Be that woman. Draw near to Jesus and he will do the rest, calling you into his intimate presence where he rests his sacred hands upon you. Picture this in your faith-filled imagination. The woman in the Gospel stands in for you!
Set free from being crippled v. 12
Standing up and praising God v. 13
Now the moment for healing v. 16
The wonderful things You do v. 17
This is the thirteenth and last week in Pentecost, Year C.
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