When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. -Luke 13:12-13
The Scripture assigned for this Sunday tells a story that God is up to something. And it is good!
What is God doing?
God is reaching out to the bound-up to proclaim release from captivity. God is lifting up the oppressed. God is satisfying the needs of the afflicted. God raises up foundations. God restores and rebuilds, reconciles and sets free.
Music For The Day
Sunday’s Traditional Worship Hymn of the Day is You Are Mine.
In Sunday’s hymn of the day, we imagine Jesus singing around, with, and through us about all the ways God meets us. The themes of being set free from bondage and hope for the hopeless echo the ideas found in today’s readings.
The Worship Song for this Sunday focuses on our need to be healed. In one way or another we are all broken, and we gather together seeking our Messiah’s healing presence and sweet mercy.
For Further Reflection
Our Gospel story from Luke 13:10-17 depicts a couple people who are bound and bent by life, and are in need of Jesus’ freeing presence in their lives.
Have you ever experienced an ache or affliction that kept you from interacting with others? During these times, has there been someone who has offered a ‘healing touch’ or God’s love?
Sometimes we are so bound by our opinion on something, it keeps us from seeing “eye to eye” with a neighbor. When these times happen, how do you keep yourself open to God’s Word breaking in?
This Sunday we honor the sages in our congregation. Think of a way that you can spread a bit of God’s love with a sage in your life.