He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. “And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.” The ‘woman’ is the Heart, the emotions, and she has been bent forward, spiritually crippled, focusing downward, for many years.
When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said,
“Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. (Luke.13.12-13)
He endured the usual complaints about healing on the Sabbath, and reminded his detractors how hypocritical they were, since even they would untie an ox or a donkey on the Sabbath and lead it to water. “And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?” When he said this, “all his opponents were put to shame.”
This is an excerpt from SYMBOLS, MEANING, AN THE SACRED QUEST: Spiritual Awakening in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Stories”