Self-realization is possible only in relation to a reality beyond the self.
Season after Pentecost | 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; (Isaiah 58:9b-14; Psalm 103:1-8;) Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17
The unnamed woman’s healing in this week’s Gospel reading is a story of expansion, revelation, vision widened by grace. There’s more to the story, however.
Christian interest in the sabbath has focused on the family, the home, and the church. Our culture’s assault on leisure, however, extends beyond Sunday.
When I read this passage from Luke I immediately remembered an exegesis paper I once wrote after reading an article by a doctor about what disease the woman might have. He concluded that she has a certain kind of arthritis—the same kind I had been recently diagnosed with. This gave me a sense of immediate connection with the woman in the story. Such personal identification is homiletically useful.