Jesus and women: ‘You are set free’

This is part one of a two part series.  Part two will come up tomorrow.  It may be “preaching to the choir”, so to speak, to post this article, but it never hurts for us to be reminded once in awhile.  I think this is very typical of the work of this author who is in the news at the moment in connection with LCWR.  I found this piece refreshing.  I have her book, Quest for the Living God, only reading so far a few chapters, but finding it also refreshing .  I hope you find the picture at the beginning of this article to be profound as I did.  It is the image of Jesus bent to the same level as the woman he was healing that especially spoke to me…..Reyanna

By Elizabeth Johnson, April 22, 2014, National Catholic Reporter On-Line, Global Sisters Report

There is a powerful scene in the gospels that shows in a flash how life-giving the encounter between Jesus and women can be. As Luke tells the story:

Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, and a woman came in who had been crippled by a spirit for 18 years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she stood up straight and began to praise God. (Lk 13:10-13)

Notice the setting: a holy place where the community gathers on the Sabbath day. Notice, too, the position of Jesus: front and center, the famous teacher instructing the group. It is a solemn moment. The woman slips in quietly.  (To continue reading this article, click here.)



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