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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to 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 …More
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to 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.

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A Homily attributed to Eusebius of Alexandria (end of the 5th century)
Sermon on the Sunday, 16, 1-2 ; PG 86, 416-421

"Ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?"


Obviously, the week is made up of seven days: God has given us six in which to work and one in which to pray, rest and free ourselves from our sins. So if we have committed any faults during these six days we can make amends for them on the Sunday and be reconciled with God. So make your way early to the church of God, draw near to our Lord to confess your sins to him, bring him your prayer and the repentance of a contrite heart. Remain during the whole of the holy and divine liturgy, complete your prayer, do not leave before the dismissal of the congregation. Gaze upon your Lord while he is divided and shared without being destroyed and, if your conscience is pure, draw near and receive communion in the body and blood of the Lord... This day has been given to you for prayer and rest. “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118[117],24). Give glory to him who was raised up on this day, and to the Father and Holy Spirit now and always, for ever and ever.