Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 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. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.— Luke 13:10-17

The woman walked painfully toward the synagogue, her back grotesquely bent over, her eyes focussed on the ground. Whenever she Continue Reading →

Prayer and Politics

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all . . .”   — 1 Timothy 2: 1-6

There’s a rule, isn’t there, that you should never discuss either religion or politics in polite society?  And here we Continue Reading →

Forgive — But How?

“Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say: Father . . . forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.”  — Luke 11:2-4

I believe in the forgiveness of sins. For me, it’s not just an article of the Creed to recite, it’s Continue Reading →