A Reflection From Fr. Gerry
It has been a tradition for many years that on this first weekend of February we focus on healing. We have many stories of healing in the Old and New Testament including todays Gospel. We see also that God uses human instruments to bring about physical and spiritual healing. We all have different gifts, they come from God and it’s important that we thank God for them daily. To some he has given the gift of healing. Some of the more notable in our faith tradition would be Padre Pio, Mother Teresa and our own Solanus Casey and many, many others. Padre Pio was once asked how many healings he had done and he answered, “None.” He said it was God that does the healing, “I am merely the instrument.” People with that special gift are usually very prayerful and very humble people and they realize that God heals whom he wills, when he wills for reasons best know only to him.
Today we remember a man called Blaise who lived way back in the 4th century. He was ordained to the priesthood and became a bishop at a very early age. His major ministry was to the poor and the sick, but God also blessed him with special healing powers especially illnesses pertaining to the throat. Many of those have been well documented. It is important to note that this century was a time of a lot of religious persecution. Blaise became one of its victims and eventually died a brutal death at the hands of the then governor of the country Agricolaus and so we honor him this weekend.
Let us now pause for a moment in quiet prayer and let us ask God through the intercession of St. Blaise to bestow upon us the healing or healings that we need the most and then let us pray this special prayer of healing that I cam across in the course of reading.
Heavenly Father, we come to you through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ who is always interceding for us. We come to you in your Holy Spirit who prays for us in ways that cannot be expressed in speech and we present to you all our hurts, spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental and we ask you to grant us the healing or healings that we need the most. Lord Jesus, you said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst.” Be with us today according to your promise. We believe that you are gloriously alive in our midst. Touch each one of us with your healing hand and grant us the healing that you think we need the most. We ask this in your blessed name. Amen.
May God go with you.
THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-B
1st Reading—Job 7: 1-4, 6-7—Job lamented his “months of misery and troubled nights.” Could human life on earth be no more than drudgery? Shall he never see happiness again?
Responsorial Psalm: 147: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6—“Bless the Lord, my soul, who heals the brokenhearted.”
2nd Reading—1 Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-23—By preaching the good news, Paul said, he willingly made himself a slave to all in order to win them over. He did everything for the sake of the good news.
Alleluia—“Alleluia! Christ took away our infirmities and bore our diseases. Alleluia!”
Gospel—Mark 1: 29-39—Jesus healed ill people and exorcised possessed people. So many sought him that he had to seek out deserted places for prayer and rest.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
1) Let us pray for the Church:
God, you sent your Son to bring good news to the broken-hearted.
May your people proclaim the gospel through lives of service.
Bring healing to those who are hurting.
2) Let us pray that the earth be renewed:
God of power and might, pour out your wisdom on all peoples.
Help us rebuild the world, bringing peace and justice to the poor.
Lead us out of war and deliver us from all evil.
3) Let us pray for the ill and the hospitalized:
Help the infirm and cure the afflicted as you did long ago, Saving Jesus. We ask you to touch our brothers and sisters –
Betty Morici Reagan Bahling Tom Rogan Katy Powers
Pam Allen Brad Mersino Bob Mizejewski Max Justus
Nick Emery Jackie Nowicki Robert Lee Diane Kudza
And all who have asked for our prayers.
5) Let us remember our dead:
Lift up those whose days have come to an end, especially…Deacon Tony Morici, husband of Betty and…
(5:00 Mass) Joe D’Anna
(8:30 Mass) Bob Knowles
(10:30 Mass) Paul & Mildred Sturm
6) Let us pray for our personal needs in silence: (PAUSE)
Be with our RCIA as they continue their journey of learning about our faith.
We pray to the Lord…
ANNOUNCEMENTS — February 7, 2021
- Bring in your old palms for burning before Ash Wednesday, February 17th. There is a basket in the gathering area for you to place your palms.
- Next weekend, February 13/14th we will celebrate World Marriage Weekend. Couples celebrating significant anniversaries of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or more years will be asked to stand for a special renewal and blessing. Please email Julie for the Mass of your preference and let her know how many years you’ve been married. Please contact her by Tuesday, February 9th.