Prayer for the sick

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The prayer for the sick is held in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Memorial of Don Andrea Santoro, a Roman priest killed in Trebizond, Turkey, in 2006.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Mark 6,53-56

Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored there. When they disembarked people at once recognised him, and started hurrying all through the countryside and brought the sick on stretchers to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, to village or town or farm, they laid down the sick in the open spaces, begging him to let them touch even the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched him were saved.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus went to the other side, reaching the disciples who were overwhelmed by the waves of Lake of Galilee. Like other times, his presence calms the sea and the wind, like it calms our hearts when we are distressed and focused on ourselves. As soon as they disembarked, the Gospel says that "people at once recognized him" and the people thronged around him and brought their sick people so that he may heal them. Everyone trusted him and his healing power: for many it was sufficient to touch the hem of his cloth to be healed. Jesus did not withdraw from their questions; he did not send anyone away. It is a style that questions each of us and our communities. Shouldn't we be like the hem of the cloth of the Lord that the poor and the sick can reach and touch with their hands? There is need that the weak and the poor may "touch" easily the "body of Christ," that is the community of the disciples and be healed and cured. Besides, a church without the poor who come to be helped and without the sick who receive consolation does not conform to the Gospel. A question arises spontaneously on how we live the power of healing and salvation that the Lord put in our hands. Don't we risk being stingy keepers of what we have received, and we should distribute generously to the many who are waiting for healing and salvation? It is true that in this time many knock at the doors of the Church, of the Christian community. It is urgent to respond. But it is also necessary to go out and go towards those who are waiting. It is necessary that we do not keep under the ground of our stingy egocentrism the talent of love the Lord gave us. We need to trade and multiply it because the needs and the requests for salvation and help have grown. Pope Francis invites us to "touch the wounds of Jesus touching those of the poor." At times we are more fearful, dominated by a false respect that makes us harder, colder, and brisker. So, we lack the gestures of tenderness and friendship. In fact, there is an incredible need of tenderness and company, of listening and accompanying. Let others invade our territory, let them cross our boundaries, and occupy our time so that through us they may meet the power of the love of Jesus who heals and saves.