The good news for the day October 24
Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (479)
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue one Sabbath when there came a woman who for eighteen years had a back problem so crippling she was bent over, completely unable to stand straight. When Jesus saw her, He called out to her, “Woman, you are set free of your condition!” Once He laid his hands on her, she stood up straight right away, and thanked God. The synagogue leader, though—upset that Jesus had worked a cure on the Sabbath—responded with a public statement, “Six days there are when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured—not on the Sabbath.” The One in Charge said in reply, “You fakes! Doesn’t every one of you—on the Sabbath—untie his ox or jackass from the feeding trough to take it out to get water? This daughter of Abraham, whom adversity has bound for eighteen years now, –ought she not to have been set free on the Sabbath day from this oppression?” When He said this, all the ones who disagreed with Him felt humiliated; while the public liked all the praiseworthy deeds done by Him. (Luke 13)
The cures Jesus does were remembered by people because He used them to make a point—but the point is not always obvious. What is Jesus saying to you and me? What point is He trying to make that will be Good News?
The point is not “He Works a Cure on a Day when Working is Forbidden by church law.” It is bigger than that for you and me. Sometimes you must choose to disobey a law to obey a higher one. Rules—no matter how sacred, how embedded in culture, habit, and subconscious, or how enforced by authorities or how important they seem—such rules yield to the greater rule—freeing a person from a bad situation or condition.
Conscience can require you to disobey a rule (of whatever sort!)—to untie a person from his or her bonds of confinement. Not because the person deserves it, or is good, or asks for it—but because it is the right thing to do. Rules are from God—but guidelines—and some rules are deeper than words. Listen to the silence. Listen to the need. Listen to God.