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Sometimes you just gotta break the rules

August 31, 2013
By the Rev. THOMAS P. REEDER , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

In last Sunday's appointed Gospel lesson (Luke 13:10-17), we see a very compelling interaction between Jesus and a religious professional. Jesus is teaching a crowd of people in a synagogue on the sabbath when a woman walks in bent over with a crippling disability from which she has suffered for nearly 20 years. Jesus stops teaching, calls out to her, lays his hands on her, and heals her. In doing so, Jesus broke at least two religious rules: (1) he touched a woman who was not his wife, and (2) he worked" on the day of rest.



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