Pentecost 11 Yr C: Proper 16
In the Gospel reading today, Jesus performs another miraculous healing. The story also shows us yet another case of Jesus arguing with the religious leaders about their obsession with rules. The Pharisees took it quite literally that absolutely nothing that hinted of ‘work’ was to be done on the Sabbath; not even the work of healing somebody. Jesus saw that extreme interpretation as ludicrous, and he had no reservations about telling them so.
But there is another dimension to this story that has nothing to do with the Sabbath, and everything to do with the healing Jesus brings to US.