There are basic events and morals to every story. In this Gospel story about the bowed woman, of course we learned about Christ’s mercy, and his power to heal. But sometimes there are secondary meanings in addition to the obvious details. As we heard in the Liturgy and read in the bulletin, that day while Jesus was teaching in the Synagogue, He called a bowed woman over. She went to Him, even though she couldn’t raise herself up. Jesus laid His hands on her, and immediately loosened her from infirmity and made her straight. All who witnessed rejoiced, and glorified God!
Notice what it says on the line-drawn icon: “Jesus Straightens the Bowed Woman.” Jesus straightens! What do we call the type of doctor who straightens teeth? (an orthodontist). What do we call the type of doctor who straightens broken bones? (an orthopedist). Both words are from the Greek, “ortho” meaning “correct” or “straight”, and of course “Orthodox” is usually translated as “upright” or “correct” glory. There is significance here to the woman’s ailment and what Jesus did for her. He didn’t only heal her, he “straightened” her! He can also straighten us! If you think about it in that way, we, too are being told that this is the time of year to focus on being spiritually upright, worshiping and believing correctly, and asking the Lord in faith to take whatever is bent in our lives that prevents us from seeing Him, and make it upright. May the Lord continue to illumine your hearts and minds through the remainder of the Advent season.
In Christ’s love,