Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 143:1-2, 5-6, 10-11

The 143rd Psalm is the seventh of the “penitential psalms” identified by Christians in antiquity. In Judaism, these and many others were identified as laments. The psalmist offers a complaint to God: enemies, national upheaval, natural disaster, and of course, … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 25:31-40

Sheep and goats. I don’t know what the problem is with goats. Nice animals, and innocent. Like snakes, but there’s a cultural thing about that, eh? This reading below pops up in our Sunday Lectionary every three years, bringing the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 5:1-12

Name a Bible passage recommended for Catholic weddings, funerals, and penance/confession. Stumped? Likely not, my friend, if you are following this post and have read the title. You now know it’s also recommended for people who are sick or dying. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Corinthians 12:12, 22-27

The Pastoral Care Lectionary offers a long passage from the 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians here. This is where a bit more judgment might have helped this selection. In context of ministry with people who are sick and dying, the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 11:5-13

Care for people who are sick and dying involves prayer. Sometimes the answer is not forthcoming. Sometimes prayer must be persistent: And (Jesus) said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 18:9-14

Sometimes there is a connecting thread between sin and sickness that we can’t avoid. Other times I think it’s over-used. Remember the query to Jesus that opens John 9? Was it the blind man’s sin or that of his parents? … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

The Lectionary for ritual Pastoral Care of the Sick includes a reading that is also included in the Lectionary for the Order of Christian Funerals, with six verses selected from the fifth chapter of St. Paul’s second letter/epistle to the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 10:25-37

Over the centuries, the Good Samaritan parable has been much preached upon and the comments and reflections on it would no doubt fill a library. No doubt, it’s a lovely story of compassion. Christians have long associated Samaritan with “good,” … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus and Jesus: a familiar story, perhaps. It contains a vital narrative beyond the act of Jesus restoring sight. Christians today, and perhaps especially Catholics, are coming to terms with the demands of discipleship. I would see this passage from … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 86

It shouldn’t be a surprise that most of the psalms chosen for the Pastoral Care Lectionary fall in the genre of lament. The 86th is a lovely work. It makes a weekly appearance in Compline on Monday night. In my … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

The early Church at Corinth was much loved by Saint Paul. That much is obvious. If it weren’t true, he wouldn’t have spent so much anguish on the people there. One of the Corinthian problems seems to have been resurrection … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 6:53-58

The pastoral care Lectionary intersects with some of the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday. Or Thursday if you live in special Catholic places that don’t move feasts to the weekend: Jesus said to the people, “Amen, amen, I say … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 19:23-27

Job suffers greatly. From chapter three of his biblical tale, his patience erodes and he rants against God. Three friends watch in horror as he appoints himself to his own defense, railing against God. In turn, each of them try … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Colossians 1:22-29

Saint Paul, or more likely an author in his tradition, follows the citation of an ancient hymn to Christ with this passage: (Christ) has now reconciled in his fleshly body through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: James 5:13-16

We looked at this reading years ago in the series on the Reconciliation Lectionary. From New Testament times, the Church has urged illness as an opportunity for making things right with God and other persons. Institutionally, the sacraments of Anointing … Continue reading

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