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“Praise the Lord who heals the brokenhearted.”
Psalm 147:1

Life, as we know, is full of paradoxes. Where there is joy, there will also be pain. Where there is order, there will always be things that need fixing. Our lives are like that—contrasts and opposites. But they are also opportunities along the way to find God and the healing we long for.

The first reading today is from the Book of Job, a blameless man who knew setbacks and flat-out misery. Can you relate? Most of us can. Yet even in moments of despair Job never lost sight of God’s presence. We can take comfort from a man who gave himself over to God with the wisdom of faith and the knowledge that his Creator would never abandon him. Here’s what Job said:

“Yet he knows my way:

if he tested me, I should come forth like gold.

My foot has always walked in his steps;

I have kept his way and not turned aside.

From the commands of his lips I have not departed;

the words of his mouth I have treasured in my heart.”

– Job 23:10-12

I believe Job is telling us an important lesson: When we are willing to see beyond the moment, God will lead us through the challenges toward new life. That’s the Paschal Mystery, a theme we will explore very soon during Lent. The passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the very work that God the Father sent his Son to accomplish on earth. And it’s a sign of our own passage to new life from disappointments and setbacks each time we put ourselves in God’s hands.

Yes, there will be challenges, and even broken hearts. God never says life will be easy. Just that the presence of the Lord in our lives is eternal, no matter the hardship. Our challenge is to accept that we can’t always lift ourselves out of difficulties on our own. But with God’s help we can. We only need to be like Job: praise God, affirm God’s presence, and allow the Paschal Mystery to transform us as inheritors of the kingdom.

Friend, can I give you a homework assignment? Think about a time when God helped you heal at a difficult moment. If you can remember the steps you took, you know that you didn’t heal alone. Your faith was the necessary healing agent. God was there to offer comfort and encouragement: in the words of the Gospel, in Christ’s promise of salvation, at Mass and in the Sacraments. And let’s not forget the kindness of family and friends. They know us almost as well as God does. For the times you may be passing through a difficult moment, remember that God is with you. That’s when the healing begins. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus, healer and divine physician

stretch forth Your healing hands

and touch my wounded heart.

May the power of Your presence

lift my spirit, strengthen my soul

and, if it be Your will, drive far from me

any illness, disease or affliction

that keeps me from living life

to the full, as You promised.

Jesus, Son of God, and son of Mary,

visit me in my darkness and doubt.

Let Your light dispel the shadows

of sadness and depression

to help me find anew

the joy and peace I long for.

Lord, I am not worthy

that You should enter under my roof.

Say but the word and my soul,

my mind, and my body will be healed.

Stay with me, Jesus, when night falls

and fears grow, and my faith falters.

Fill me with sweet assurance

that you who died to set us free

will never abandon me to face

life’s trials alone.

Amen

Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso

ABOUT MARYKNOLL

We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. Tom O’Brien, Fr. Ray Finch, Fr. Joe Everson, Fr. Russ Feldmeier)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Fr. Ray Finch.

OUR FOUNDERS

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

USA

STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Enrich your own vocation, walk-in solidarity with people overseas, and work together with Maryknoll Missioners. We offer US priests and Brothers ordained elsewhere the opportunity to work in overseas missions.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop
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