The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus’ ministry on earth was all about healing.  Indeed, that’s what he came to do: to heal us, set things right, from the inside out, so that we would be able to enter the Kingdom.  In today’s gospel, he heals a man who has been deaf and mute with the word of command: “Ephphatha!” –… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

White Mass for Healthcare Workers

Today’s readings: Lamentations 3:17-26 | Romans 8:18-30 | Mark 16:15-20 One of the most important things I’ve ever learned about the healing ministry of the Church is summed up in one of the lines in our Gospel reading this evening: “They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” And let’s notice carefully… Continue reading White Mass for Healthcare Workers

The Fifth Sunday of Lent: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s readings Yesterday I presided at the funeral of the mother of one of my friends. It was a beautiful gathering because she and her sister basically took the last few weeks off of their work commitments to be with her during her last days. Not everyone can do that, but it did give them… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Third Sunday of Advent: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s Readings Today’s readings and liturgy call us to rejoice.  That’s the reason for the rose-colored vestments and the more joyful tone of today’s readings.  This is called Gaudete Sunday: gaudete being Latin for “rejoice,” the first word of today’s introit or proper entrance antiphon which says: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say,… Continue reading Third Sunday of Advent: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s readings: Isaiah 61:1-3a, Psalm 147; Romans 8:18-27, Matthew 8:5-17 I had the opportunity yesterday, as I often do, to visit with two parishioners who are ill and hospitalized.  In their illness they, along with their families, did as we should always do: they called on the priests of the Church to come and give them… Continue reading Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Our Lady of Lourdes / World Day of the Sick

Bernadette Soubirous was a sickly young woman.  But on February 11, 1858, her entire life changed when a beautiful lady, clothed in white, with a rosary over her arm and a yellow rose on each foot, appeared to her and said, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  In the years since, the site of those wonderful… Continue reading Our Lady of Lourdes / World Day of the Sick

Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s readings: Isaiah 61:1-3a, Psalm 147, Romans 8:18-27, Matthew 8:5-17 I’ve talked to a lot of sick people, and I’m amazed at how many of those who are really ill, who have come through something very difficult, have told me that they attributed their healing, or at least the ability to get through the tough… Continue reading Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick

Today’s readings Bernadette Soubirous was a sickly young woman.  But on February 11, 1858, her entire life changed when a beautiful lady, clothed in white, with a rosary over her arm and a yellow rose on each foot, appeared to her and said, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  In the years since, the site of… Continue reading Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick

Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19:1-8 | Psalm 34 | James 5:13-16 | Mark 2:1-12 I first met Tom probably a few weeks after I started my first assignment as a priest at St. Raphael’s back in the summer of 2006.  He was a young man, probably around my age, and was suffering the effects of… Continue reading Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s readings: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Psalm 25; James 5:13-16; Matthew 8:5-17 I first met Tom probably a few weeks after I started my first assignment as a priest at St. Raphael’s back in the summer of 2006.  He was a young man, probably around my age, and was suffering the effects of cancer.  His… Continue reading Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass