15 But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? 16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”
17 This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did. (Luke 13:14-17 NLT)
Jesus wanted to help the woman who had suffered for 18 years. So He did, even though it was the Sabbath. Helping is not limited to six days of the week. The Pharisees wanted to control the people with their rules and religious mandates. Jesus called them on their hypocrisy because they cared for their animals on the Sabbath.
We can get caught up in things we think are good. Sometimes the good gets in the way of the best. Jesus shows us that it is people over policy, relationships over requirements, helping over hindering. It is not easy, but with the Holy Spirit's help we can do a better job of following Jesus' example.