Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time - 30th October 2017
Reading 1, Romans 8:12-17
17 And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of Godand joint-heirs with Christ, provided that we share his suffering, so as to share his glory.
The Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 68:2, 4, 6-7, 20-21
Our God is the God of salvation.
2 You disperse them like smoke; as wax melts in the presence of a fire, so the wicked melt at the presence of God.
4 Sing to God, play music to his name, build a road for the Rider of the Clouds, rejoice in Yahweh, dance before him.
6 God gives the lonely a home to live in, leads prisoners out into prosperity, but rebels must live in the bare wastelands.
7 God, when you set out at the head of your people, when you strode over the desert,
21 but God smashes the head of his enemies, the long-haired skull of the prowling criminal.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel, Luke 13:10-17
"Freedom from bondage for eighteen years"
10 One Sabbath day he was teaching in one of the synagogues,
12 When Jesus saw her he called her over and said, 'Woman, you are freed from your disability,'
13 and he laid his hands on her. And at once she straightened up, and she glorified God.
14 But the president of the synagogue was indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, and he addressed all those present saying, 'There are six days when work is to be done. Come and be healed on one of those days and not on the Sabbath.'
17 When he said this, all his adversaries were covered with confusion, and all the people were overjoyed at all the wonders he worked.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: Jesus demonstrates the power and authority of God's kingdom in releasing people who are oppressed by physical and emotional sickness, by personal weakness and sin, and by the harassment of the evil one in their lives. It took only one word from Jesus to release this woman instantly of her infirmity. Do you believe in the power of Jesus to release you from affliction and oppression?
The Jewish leaders were indignant that Jesus would perform such a miraculous work on the Sabbath, the holy day of rest. They were so caught up in their ritual observance of the Sabbath that they lost sight of God's mercy and goodness. Jesus healed on the Sabbath because God does not rest from showing his mercy and love, ever. God's word has power to change us, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Is there anything that keeps you bound up or that weighs you down? Let the Lord speak his word to you and give you freedom.
Prayer: "Lord Jesus, you grant freedom to those who seek you. Give me freedom to walk in your way of love and to praise and worship you always. Show me how I can bring your mercy and healing love to those in need around me." Amen.
Jesus wants to set free us from oppression.