On “Sabbathical” – Good News for October 26

26 10 2009

Luke 13:10-17

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God.

But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.”

The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.

The Daily Path: Do you ever feel the hypocrite creeping out from within? “It’s not convenient for me to help someone today,” or “It’s been a busy week. I don’t feel up to coming to their aid right now.” I’m ashamed that I’m guilty of this more often than I care to admit. “Come back tomorrow. My synagogue is closed for the sabbath.” Meanwhile someone in need sits at my threshold.

It’s kind of like the Holiday season. We suddenly aspire to new levels of generosity, yet for the other eleven months of the year… we’re on a “sabbathical”.