Little Whispers, Tin Ocampo

I Am Crippled

First Reading
ROM 8:12-17

Brothers and sisters,
we are not debtors to the flesh,
to live according to the flesh.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a spirit of adoption,
through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if only we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 68:2 AND 4, 6-7AB, 20-21
R. (21a) Our God is the God of salvation.

God arises; his enemies are scattered,
and those who hate him flee before him.
But the just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
R. Our God is the God of salvation.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R. Our God is the God of salvation.
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death.
R. Our God is the God of salvation.

LK 13:10-17

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath.
And a woman was there who for eighteen years
had been crippled by a spirit;
she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.
When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said,
“Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.”
He laid his hands on her,
and she at once stood up straight and glorified God.
But the leader of the synagogue,
indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath,
said to the crowd in reply,
“There are six days when work should be done.
Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.”
The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites!
Does not each one of you on the sabbath
untie his ox or his ass from the manger
and lead it out for watering?
This daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now,
ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day
from this bondage?”
When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated;
and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.

“Woman, you are set free of your infirmity. He laid his hands on her, and at once stood up straight and glorified God.” (Luke 13:12-14)

As a Catholic, I was taught to go to mass every Sunday to listen to the Word and teachings of Jesus. Every time I went to church and heard Mass, I would feel crippled and embarrassed to face Jesus because of the many sins I have done. But regardless of me being crippled, I go out of the church renewed, because like the woman in the Gospel, Jesus saw me, called me and laid His hands on me, forgiving me and setting me from my infirmities.

Friends, all of us have been crippled because of our sins, but no matter how many or how heavy those sins are, Jesus will always see that we are having a difficult time carrying our sins and He will call to us and free us from our infirmities so that we could start a new chapter in our lives and to glorify him with a clean and renewed spirit.

Heavenly Father, Thank you for setting us free from our infirmities. Thank you for letting us stand up and face a new beginning of our lives so that we could glorify You. Amen.


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