On this day, many years ago, my sister and I received the Sacrament of Confirmation. I always remember the date because it was very special to celebrate it with her as my closest sibling, both in age and sentiment. The faith we had learned throughout our childhood was confirmed and sealed and we were sent forth. 

This time of year can feel anticlimactic for some of us. The Easter season is now over and the end of the school year brings so much busyness and added stress. We are called upon to attend family members’ sacraments, graduations and birthday parties, all the while trying to figure out what the heck we’re going to do over the summer. 

I will always remember a good friend of mine stating that Ordinary Time was his favorite time of the year. He pointed out that priests wear green at Mass, and that this color is a symbol of growth, just as the green buds appear on the leaves and grow within nature. 

But as I write this, I am not feeling compelled to be joyful in growth or nature or anything at all. A family member is struggling with mental illness, compounded by addition, compounded by homelessness. He seems to be caught in a cycle that he is powerless to get out of, despite doctors and medication and hours upon hours spent on our knees, and he has come to the conclusion that suicide is the only answer. There is only so much that we, his family members can do. Most of his situation is out of our hands. All of his situation is in God’s hands. 

All of us know people who are suffering or perhaps we are suffering ourselves. I invite you to reflect on the following excerpts from today’s readings. May they bring comfort to your soul.  

First Reading: “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing a song of praise. Is anyone among you sick?He should summon the presbyters of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.”

Psalm: “O Lord, to you I call; hasten to me; hearken to my voice when I call upon you. Let my prayer come like incense before you.”

Gospel: “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

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