Homily by Fr Hugh on the Raising of Lazarus (Readings: Ezekiel 37:12-14, Romans 8:8-11, John 11:1-45)
Shortly before we had to shut the church this week, a young man brought a homeless woman inside and rang for help. He had found her in distress in the street. She clearly had some mental health problems and it was not easy to help. We spent a couple of hours with her and in the end put her up in a local hotel, accepting that this was no answer to her problem and the next day she would be in the same position, which she realised too. Agencies are all working from home, which makes absolute sense, and even if they were not, it would be hard to help. But some people will always suffer more in the kind of conditions we are living in at the moment.
The central figure, besides Jesus, in this Sunday’s gospel is Martha. I wish we had had a Martha with us at the time. I have a feeling she would have given her a, now virtual, hug and said, “Come on, love, I am sure we can sort this out,” and come up with some very practical advice.
Adapted from a prayer for the current pandemic by Bishop Douglas J. Lucia Bishop of Diocese of Syracuse, New York
O Mary, full of grace, Patroness of our nation and Mother of the Church, in this time of illness and worldwide need we seek your intercession for the human family before your Son’s throne of grace and mercy. We ask for strength in adversity, health in weakness, and comfort in sorrow.
Help us, O Blessed Mother. Contine to watch over all who are sick as well as those who care for them and give wisdom to all who are seeking a cure. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Livestreaming from the Oratory: Starting next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8pm – 8:30pm we will livestream a time of prayer and adoration from the Oratory on this website. To watch the livestream go to Click Here for Oratory Livestream at the top of this website. We will begin with the short evening prayer and end with the night prayer which you can download on the link below. There are also printed copies of these prayers at the back door of the Presbytery. Please join in if you wish, so we can pray together for all that this current crisis entails. (We hope to livestream the Mass soon.)