Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 24:13-35 part 1

A possible Scripture reading for people who are sick and dying is the account of the Lord’s accompaniment of the two disciples on the way to Emmaus on Easter afternoon. So rich and deep, it is difficult enough to digest … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 John 3:1-2

In the Church’s Lectionary some readings appear with frequency. Would you believe one is used at Penance, funerals, and baptisms, as well as Pastoral Care of the Sick? Here it is: See what love the Father has bestowed on us … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Today’s reading sandwiched between the Psalm and Gospel Acclamation: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 23:44-49; 24:1-6

Like yesterday’s Gospel reading from John, the framers of the Pastoral Care lectionary have another narrative for serving people who are sick and dying. It’s an interesting choice, as it involves the end of Luke’s Passion moving into the women’s … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 20:1-9

Today’s reading at Easter Mass is also an option when we offer spiritual and sacramental care for people who are sick or dying. There are different reason why it might be chosen. First, it is the season. Second, the ill … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9

A reading for today, Good Friday, but also for people who are sick and dying. The author of this letter has introduced Jesus as High Priest, not so much in the Catholic sense, but in the Jewish tradition, someone who … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

The Pastoral Care Lectionary includes two Good Friday readings. Why would the Church have made that choice? When might we utilize that option? Let’s get into the reading, first God speaks: See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 26:36-46

This weekend we hear (or would be hearing) the Passion reading from the first of the Gospels. The scene is set for the Agony in the Garden. Jesus himself urges us to imitate the Divine. “Be perfect as your heavenly … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 123:1-2

The CDWDS has released some readings for this time of pandemic. With many restrictions on the celebration of Mass, it would seem that most parishes will not take advantage of this. Many, including mine, scramble to offer a Sunday Mass. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Philippians 2:25-30

Sometimes the Bible gives wisdom about dealing with serious illness or the nearness of death. Other times, we just read of an episode that involves characters going through one or the other situation. If you ever plan something for my … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Kings 19:1-8

One reading for the care of people who are sick and dying is a favorite Old Testament story. It comes after Elijah inflicted a humiliating defeat on the prophets of Baal, much to the dismay of the evil queen Jezebel. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

There is a popular saying that Jesus does not give us a cross that is beyond our ability to bear. Serious illness can certainly test that notion. We might be the sick person, or even a helpless caregiver or bystander. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Romans 8:31-35, 37-39

We last looked at Saint Paul’s “Gospel of Hope” eight years ago on this site. The reading below is one of the possible choices for a funeral. Likewise, the previous two posts on Romans 8, but the Pastoral Care Lectionary … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 9:1-7

At Mass this weekend, we get an extended Gospel reading, one of the most juicy dramas in all of Sacred Scripture. John’s purpose is not necessarily the healing power of Jesus, but more an illustration of the “sign” of Jesus … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Romans 8:18-27

Continuing from the eighth chapter of Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, another passage follows on verses 14 through 17. I see a problem with this section. It seems easy enough for a healthy person, even a minister to say … Continue reading

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