Continuing on our theme of the corporal works of mercy we would like to focus on theme this week of visiting the sick. Visits to the sick is an essential ministry of the Church and it something we are all called to do. It is unfortunate that many people upon entrance into a nursing facility are often forgotten about by their family and friends. Many of these people often become discouraged to the point of despair.
How can we tie this particular corporal work of mercy with today’s readings? Our readings for this particular Sunday speak of water, water that nourishes. Many of these individuals who are home bound or in a nursing facility are longing for water that nourishes. The faith is in them…and we see in the Gospel the faith was in the woman at the well but it needed to be drawn out. It’s easy when someone is a lone in this particular setting to become depressed. That is why our ministry to them is very vital so that the faith which is in them is kept flowing rather than drying up.
Maybe someone here has a relative an aunt, uncle, parent or grandparent in this very situation. Our ministry to our sick brothers and sisters is very important. The Lord asks each one of us today are we taking care of the needs of our sick brothers and sisters. Are we doing everything possible to help them in their hour of need? Today is Sunday and it is often referred to as a day of rest and indeed it is but it is also a day of service, a day in which we can reach out to those who are sick and homebound. In the event that you don’t live close by to someone you know who is this particular situation take a moment pick up the phone and give them a call. Phone calls are important too!
This Sunday as we meditate and reflect on this important Corporal Work of Mercy we look at it in light of today’s readings which call us to draw out the living water of faith from one another. As you go home and spend time with family or spend some time by yourself today the Lord Himself asks you to take time and reflect I think for a moment is there someone in my life that falls into this situation. Is there someone in your life that you haven’t been in contact for a while? Think about getting in contact with them because not only will you be drawing the living water of faith out of them but you will also be drawling the living water of faith from yourself has well!