Pastor's Desk: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 4th February 2012 in Pastor's Desk

Suffering and Sickness

Welcome everyone. Our readings this week speak to us about suffering and sickness and God’s attitude towards those who are sick. Our First Reading from the Book of Job sets the tone. Job is angry and despondent due to his suffering; he wants to know if God knows or even cares. Job has lived faithfully by the Commandments and this is how he is repaid! The Book of Job is 42 chapters long and deals with the question of why good people suffer; it is well worth reading.

In the Gospel we see Jesus heal those who are sick beginning with Peter’s Mother in Law. People from all the surrounding towns bring their sick loved ones to him to heal. This power to heal is something we all turn to when we ourselves or a member of our family is suffering from a serious illness. Like Job, we rant and rave to God about why this is not fair. There is no easy answer to suffering in human lives but what is clear, is that Jesus suffered himself and understands our pain. Studies have shown that seriously ill patients have a better chance of responding to treatment if they are people of faith. There is no clear-cut explanation why, but it must have something to do with hope being very much connected to faith.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, that healing power of Jesus, at the 10.00am Mass next Saturday, 11th February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Have a great week
Fr. Eoin

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