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By Rev. Michael P. Orsi, CNSNews, October 19, 2022

This essay is based on a homily delivered by Fr. Orsi. It can be viewed online.  A priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, Rev. Michael P. Orsi currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida. He is host of “Action for Life TV,” a weekly cable television series devoted to pro-life issues.

Stories about Jesus healing the sick are some of the most beloved passages in the Bible. We enjoy reading about the effects of these wondrous acts — people who’ve been physically restored leaping for joy, the lame tossing away their crutches, the blind amazed at being able to see, and all the rest.

Of course, we know that Jesus intended such marvels as more than mere physical cures. They were signs of his true Godly nature and power. They attested to the divine authority that underlay his teaching. They were also portents of the Church he would leave to carry on ministry in his name.

Believers have always involved themselves in tending the sick. This has been seen as an obligation for followers of Christ. And so today, hospitals established by the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations are essential to healthcare throughout the world. … 

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