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“The Lord accepts us as we are, weak and fragile and guides us in a senseless gesture of faith and trust.”
Readings: 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time
“Leaving everything, they followed him” (Luke chapter 5)
Anointing the Sick
Three lead sons pass through the texts proposed this Sunday: to God's gift is expected man's response:
- God manifests himself, in Isaiah, God appears as a powerful Sovereign, as the God three times holy, the Lord of the universe, and in Luke it is Jesus who simply climbed into the boat of Peter and who will manifest himself as the Master of the world in the miraculous fishing.
- The holiness of God reveals human impurity, the sin of man, the misery of man. Isaiah and Peter are terrified at the mission entrusted and recognize themselves sinners: Isaiah cries: “Woe to me, I am a prophet with unclean lips, and Peter asks Jesus to depart from him: I am a sinner man.”
- Those whom God purifies and heals become trusting witnesses, bearers of good news: that which concerns God all Love: free men from all that dehumanizes them and causes them to suffer. Isaiah is purified, Peter hears himself by Jesus: be without fear. They trust God who reveals himself merciful love and offers His closeness. They have therefore experienced that the main thing is to be purified, transformed by His grace. As Paul says, “What I am, by the grace of God, and his grace coming within me, has not been barren.”
Isaiah, Peter and Paul experience that the encounter with God works the truth in them, heals them and radically transforms them and, in so doing, opens a gap to allow divine grace to pass through. Through their lives, they have become witnesses to the healing God wants to offer to every man and embark on a senseless gesture of faith and trust.
Is this not a pressing and genuine invitation for us to let God approach and consent in our lives to this long work of purification and openness to divine grace!
As for Isaiah, Peter and Paul, for each and every one of us, the humble recognition of our need to be saved, to believe that God's grace can do his work in our lives is the point of support from which God can act and entrust us with a mission. Then we can bear witness to Him who has become weak with the weak..........
... This is what you, our brothers and sisters, are witnessing, who have asked to receive, on this Sunday of health, the sacrament of God's tenderness: the anointing of the sick.
You trust, you believe that Christ Jesus is our strength against all diseases of the body, soul and spirit. To heal us, He does not remain outside the suffering experienced, he relieves it by coming to live in the one who is affected by illness or by the fragility of age, to carry it and live it with him. This morning, through the anointing that you are about to receive, the Lord, in a process of love, will come in each of you, communing in your sufferings and giving you his strength.
For all of us together, but especially for those of you who will receive this gift: the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick testifies to the tenderness, mercy, the immense compassion of the Father at a time when our forces fail, the victory of the risen Jesus over everything that prevents us from living and loving, and the warm presence of "Spirit in the community that cares for its more suffering members.
The laying on of hands, which you will receive, is indeed the sign of this gift of the Spirit: it is the strength of God that unfolds in our weakness. The Lord wants to give you the strength to offer your trials in communion with His suffering to participate in the salvation of the world; He wants to remind you and remind everyone of your place in the Church. Through the sacrament of the sick, the Lord recognizes us as a full member of the Christian community and participating in its mission. The anointing of the sick places those who receive it at the heart of the communion of the great family of believers. And besides, this morning, it is indeed our whole assembly that is strengthened in its faith and in its fraternal bonds through your approach?
The anointing of oil, which you are about to receive, made in the name of the Risen Risen, makes you co-united with Christ victorious of death. The anointing of the sick is truly a force of resurrection; to receive it is to affirm that life is stronger than death.
Yes, this morning, let us thank the Lord who gives us this gift, and who makes you witnesses of it for all, in this sacrament of the sick which renews our faith and our trust, which gives us the grace of comfort, courage and peace, which gives us the strength not to despair, the strength to love, the strength to live.
This sacrament is the sacrament of grace offered, it opens a path of inner fertility:
He is a bearer of healing, it can be health of course but so many things need to be restored in us; appeasement: acceptance of bodily or psychic fragility, reconciliation with oneself, with others and with God, renewed confidence in oneself, in others, in God, and also renewed confidence to continue the struggle. against illness or fragility of age, with the help of those around us, physical relief, deep joy, family rapprochement, discovery of a fairer relationship with those around us, reconciliation, rediscovery by the sick person of his place in the life and mission of the church, offering and gift of oneself- even.
Perhaps also a change of view on God, neither responsible for evils nor unable to prevent what happens, but God who carries our agony and thirsts for our happiness.
All of us in our congregation can be strengthened in our faith and in our bonds and better discover how the sacraments contribute to building the Church.
In this sacrament, it is all the tenderness of God, all the love of the Church, that we celebrate. Ah if we could really, as Pope Francis reminded young people in Panama: “believe in the transformative force of God's love.”
Pope Francis once again said to the young people, and I conclude: “Dear young people, you are not the future but the hour of God”, but he would also tell us at this moment, I am convinced, to us who are weakened by the trial of illness or by age: you elders, you who are suffering by illness, you are not the past, but the hour of God. Do you want to live the realization of his love? Now want to “realize the dream that the Lord dreamed for our humanity, not “tomorrow but now”.
With you this morning, let us witness this Good News: the one that worries God: to free men from all that dehumanizes them and causes them to suffer.
Homily Francis Corbière
Sacrament of the Sick
Universal prayer and presentation of Friendship Villette (persons who carry the Eucharist to people who cannot move to Messe)
Organ: At the Great Organ, Guy Didier
-Entry: “Introitüs” (Franz Liszt)
-Offertory: “Sonata No. 1, 1st movement, extract” (A. Guilmant)
-Communion: “Pastoral”, beginning (C. Franck)
-Output: “Pastoral”, continuation and end (C. Franck)
Also read: The other homilies of Father Francis Corbière
Also read the parish sheet
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