Wednesday, May 03, 2023

The Evangeliad (27:40-42)

Section 27:40-42 (corresponding to Luke 13:10-12)

While in the synagogue on Sabbath-day,
Christ taught from scripture, as was his way;
There in that place stood a woman deformed,
Who had come to hear the word of the Lord.

Bent down and twisted, she could not stand straight;
A spirit of suffering ravaged her frame.
For eighteen years she had had this disease,
Years without solace or comfort or peace.

And Jesus, he saw her, bid her draw near,
Saying, "Come, woman, come, friend, come without fear--
Stand and be free from the suffering you bear;
Stand and be loosed from your burden of care."