Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time ‘c’
Today in the gospel, Jesus performed a miracle and healed a woman who “had been crippled by a spirit. She was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.” Eighteen years she suffered like that! Since Jesus performed this miracle on a Sabbath day, when no work was allowed, He is again being accused of violating the law. However, what caught my attention in this gospel reading is the last sentence when we read: “the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.” I notice that there are times when I envy others not so much for the things they have, but for the times God seems to answer their prayers, but didn’t grant me my requests, even when I sincerely asked. For example, when I asked for a healing of a loved one, but that person died. And at the same time God granted healing to another person. Today I am reminded that God knows what He is doing, and instead of being envious of the blessings that other receive, I should join the crowd from the Gospel and simply: “rejoice at all the splendid deeds done by him.” We all are showered with many blessings, but perhaps we can’t see them.