“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.” vss. 12-13
As seems to have been a common occurrence during his ministry Jesus had been invited to teach during his visit to the synagogue on the sabbath. He had become known for his lessons and taught with authority, often amazing the congregations with his wisdom, which seemed to come directly from the mouth of God. But Jesus was also a healer, and on this day he noticed a woman who was bent over and was likely told by her friends that she’d been crippled in this way for eighteen years. He called her over, laid hands on her, and she was cured. That seems to have been his nature–when he saw hurting people he had compassion on them. These little stories from the gospel touch our hearts and provide a glimpse into the heart of Jesus. Plainly put, Jesus cared about needy people, and whenever he had a chance, he did something about it. Because of that strong example, followers of Jesus have always been known for their compassion. It’s what we do in the world! When we see people who are broken or bent, we do our best to straighten them out, not with threats or heavy-handed rules, but with unconditional love. No wonder so many hospitals have roots that are connected to basic Christian caring. We’re following in the footsteps of Jesus!
Thought for the Day: How can hospitals stay connected to their roots?