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The Sacrament of Healing

Pastor’s Pen
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Fourth Sunday of Lent
St. Augustine Catholic Church

Dear Church Family,

All week long continue to pray for one another for whatever healings, (physical, spiritual, relationship) are necessary because we will be celebrating the Sacrament of healing especially for the sick. But sometimes we are sick in different ways. One sickness is that we may be in darkness and have a greater need for the Light of Christ more and more in our daily lives.

The Lord chooses each one of us in a special way just as through Samuel the prophet, the Lord chose David from among all of his brothers to be the Anointed One.  It is good to think of ourselves as being the “Anointed One”.  In that, we as hear Paul proclaim, “You were once darkness but now you are light in the Lord.” So, live as children of the Light.

Our gospel today is about the man born blind. As Jesus heals him, the religious leaders question and ridicule him about his sight. As John in his gospel is prone to look deeper into various events, here we see him challenging us to a new type of sight—a sight of spiritual enrichment. We pray for the grace for ourselves and for one another to have this sight. So, church family, this Sunday we are praying for all kinds of healings and next Sunday we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we celebrate a deeper insight into our closer walk with the Lord. Enjoy the reception of these two sacraments and by your efforts in the Holy Spirit continue to have new vistas of your relationship with the Lord.  Praise God!!

Father Bob

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