When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. (Luke 13:12-13)
Allow me to paint five stages from this event above. One, Jesus saw the woman. Two, pronouncement was made about her healing. Three, Jesus placed his hand on her to bless her. Fourth, the woman was healed. Five, the woman started praising God.
If you notice, the actual healing came on the fourth stage. Question for you: Does it really matter to a faithful disciple at what stage the healing would come? Not really. What matters is that Jesus is leading the way in all these stages. Most important fact is that Jesus is with us all the way. Read again our Lectionary Gospel Reading for this week in Luke 13:10-17. And you will see Jesus is with the woman always, even on a Sabbath Day. From the moment Jesus saw the woman until the ending when all the people were rejoicing because of the healing, Jesus was with the woman.
Questions for everyone: Where is Jesus in your life? At what stage in your life is Jesus present and near?