Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

This meditation is based on a passage for June 27, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Luke 13:10-17

Reflection and Question: The footnote to this passage in The New Oxford Annotated Revised Standard Version reminds us that Jesus is not being accused of violating just any law, but one of the Ten Commandments. By healing this woman on the Sabbath, He is disobeying the commandment to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest (Exodus 20:10). Jesus’ response to this complaint shames the leader of the synagogue and exhilarates the crowd. His opponents have to admit that they do, indeed, unbind even their donkey or ox on the Sabbath. Likewise, this woman should be set free from her burdens. When compassion conflicts with the law, how do you decide?

Prayer: Jesus, our Teacher and Guide, while the crowd rejoiced at your miraculous healing, Your opponents were stung with shame. Give us the courage to set aside concern for what others think and do right so that we live, with You, by the law of faith. Amen.