Christian Service News 8-13-2017
“I was sick and you looked after me. In as much as you did it to the least of my brothers you did it to me” (Matthew 25:36, 40)
I wish you all good health. However, have you ever been sick? Or perhaps just not feeling as “chipper” as you usually are? Most of us have been sick at some time in our life. Sometimes the illness was just a common cold but other times our illness was more serious requiring a lengthy recovery. Perhaps we have chronic pain or illness lasting many years. In every case, no matter how serious the illness, when we have it, we are not as strong as when we are healthy. It is during times of sickness that we realize how powerless we can be and how much we rely on others and the power of prayer for help.
While reflecting on the Gospels, it is obvious that sickness has been around for many centuries. Jesus visited, prayed for and healed many people while He was on earth. For example, St. Mark wrote in chapter 1:32, “That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.” Later in Chapter 5, St. Mark writes about Jesus raising a dead girl and healing a Sick Woman. In Chapter 6 he writes that Jesus could not do any miracles in his own country, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. His apostles and disciples who followed after Him, did the same as evidenced in the Acts of the Apostles. So it is that Visit the Sick is another one of the Corporal Works of Mercy. It is fitting,therefore, that we should follow Jesus’ example, too.
This year our Mercy in Action Service Day on October 14 includes a small opportunity to carry out this Work of Mercy. We will be looking for volunteers of all ages to make “Get Well” cards for the sick members of our community. They may be living in nursing homes, or living in their own homes, or perhaps recovering in a hospital or rehab center. Bring your creativity to the Fellowship Center any time between 9am and 11:30am on Saturday, October 14 and let your creativity loose. In preparation for this activity, we are currently collecting:
- Color Construction Paper,
- Crayons, Markers, Color Pencils
- Scissors, Glitter, Glue, Paste, Stickers
- Get Well and Blank Note Cards
Supplies for making cards may be dropped off starting now, at the Parish Office Monday through Friday marked to my attention between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
The Red Cross will also host our annual autumn blood drive on Saturday October 14th from 9am to 3pm in the St. Mary School lunchroom. Registration will be available on the Red Cross website as well as on paper in September. Watch the bulletin for more details.