Saint Nicholas [audio]
Virtues or infirmities? [text & audio]
25th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon on the Gospel lesson from Luke 13:10-17 & Epistle reading from Ephesians 4:1-6
In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.
There she was, in the synagogue, among other believers like herself. But there was one difference between her and the others, one stark difference – she was bent over and unable to stand up straight.
Imagine every waking hour only seeing your own feet. Imagine not being able to stretch out and inhale lungs full of air. Imagine recalling all of the sinful acts that led to being bound and tortured by Satan.
Make no mistake about it, Satan and all the evil spirits desire nothing but our suffering. They tempt us, put all sorts of traps and road blocks for us, but they cannot bind us and possess us unless we let them. And we let them through our sins. Especially the sins that we stubbornly refuse to see or to confess.