February 26, 2015
Cure of a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Luke 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.
Again I thank all those who have sent me money to pay my debts. I still need $420 to buy heating oil for my house. My tank is going empty. I still have other debts to pay. May the Lord bless you all especially those who sent me money today. Today we are having another snowstorm and the snow is blowing everywhere.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“Have pity on the sick My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who have great faith in Me that I can heal the sick. I healed the woman who had been crippled for eighteen years and it was in the synagogue on the sabbath day. Some of the Jewish leaders objected that I cured her on the holy day because they say that no one is supposed to work on that day. I told them that they do some work on the sabbath day like untying their ox or ass and bring them to the water to drink. It is especially worthwhile to heal the sick on the sabbath. On that day one can do good and help his friend and neighbor. There is nothing wrong with that. You are not allowed to farm and sow grain, potatoes or vegetables. That you can do during the other six days of the week. My brother Melvin here prayed on the sick on any day of the week even Sunday and many of these people were healed. You also have to help anyone who falls sick or collapses and you have to take that person to hospital even if this happens on Sunday.
I love you all and I bless you.”