Monday, October 26, 2009

Daily Reading & Meditation Monday (10/26)

Monday (10/26):  "Ought not this woman, whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed?"
Scripture:  Luke 13:10-17
10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." 13 And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day." 15 Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away  to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?" 17 As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

Meditation: Is there anything that keeps you bound up or oppressed? Infirmity, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, can befall us for a variety of reasons and God can use it for some purpose that we do not understand. When Jesus encountered an elderly woman who was spent of her strength and unable to stand upright, he gave her words of faith and freedom and he restored her to health. She must have suffered much, both physically and spiritually for eighteen years, since Jesus remarked that Satan had bound her. How can Satan do this? The scriptures indicate that Satan can act in the world with malice and can cause injuries of a spiritual nature, and indirectly even of a physical nature. Satan's power, however, is not infinite. He cannot prevent the building up of God's kingdom or reign in our lives. 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 harrassment 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?


Liz said...

You've given me food for thought this Monday morning! Thank you. I like to take my messages, so to speak, where I find them, however they make their way to my conscisouness. I'm reading a fun book about spirituality, the power of prayer, etc.: Mystic in a Minivan. It's about a woman who THINKS she's living a blessed life, but stumbles, and then goes on the most important journey of her life -- the trip within. (It's most important for all of us!) It makes that point that prayer is the one conversation your sould wants to have everyday. Pray for others first and yourself last (and isn't that pretty much what all moms do?).

Catholic Mom said...

Very true. Mothers always sacrifice for their children.Thanks for your comments.