What if the way of healing of humanity at the crossroads we find ourselves now were right before our very eyes, waiting only for us to see it and follow it?
The priest on duty for the UCLA hospital gets a list of names and room numbers of people who request a visit usually for anointing of the sick before surgery and often just to have a conversation with a friendly person.
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These past couple of days the Scripture readings have mirrored the pain, anger, and despair of many of our contemporaries. We heard the cry and anguish of Hannah who was barren and wanted so much to conceive a son. Later it was the account of the lepers and their isolation, an experience felt by homeless people, migrants and addicts living in tents on city streets.
The words of Jesus today can make us feel worried. He said, "Everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment" (Mt. 5:21). Is there anyone here or joining online who has never been angry? Even Jesus got angry a few times, but he used it in the right way and for the right purpose.
In the United States, we have a tradition of visiting our deceased relatives and friends each May 31st, on which we celebrate Memorial Day. As we stand at their graves, there are those we knew well who touched our lives and those we know only by name and family stories. For each of them, we stand and say a prayer of thanksgiving to God and pray that they are joyfully in Heaven.