Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 10:5-6, 8-9

One of the selections for the Pastoral Care rites seems to apply more for the visiting minister than the sick person. Setting the stage, this event takes place shortly after Jesus’ resolve to journey to Jerusalem. There is a preliminary … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 61:1-3

In the Gospels, Jesus’ first liturgical role was a reader at a synagogue service (Luke 4:18-19). He cited this passage in Isaiah: The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 8:14-17

We think of Jesus as teacher. Perhaps prophet. But healing people was the hallmark of his earthly ministry. He is no longer with us as he was with the people of first century Palestine, but the episodes of healing those … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 12:35-44

Care for dying persons remains a part of Christian charity, as it has been from the time of Jesus. Here is one reading we heard at the core of this past weekend’s gospel passage. At it’s root, Jesus is speaking … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 7:19-23

When a believer is sick or dying, for whom will she or he look? People look in several places–doctors, family, God, a close friend or loved one. They might possibly turn to superstitions and illogical things. It’s only human. Many … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 11:25-30

Care for people who are sick and dying has been part of Christianity from the time of Jesus. The Jewish tradition extends centuries into the past from there. In its rites for Pastoral Care, the Catholic church offers no less … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 4:8-12

The chief apostolic feast is tonight and tomorrow. Let’s hear the testimony of Saint Peter on the role of Jesus in the healing ministry of the Church: Then Peter, filled with the holy Spirit, answered (the Sanhedrin), “Leaders of the … Continue reading

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