“a God of the living” (Mark 12:27)
On This Date…
On June 3, 1134, Pentecost Sunday, Saint Norbert received the Sacrament of the Sick. He encouraged those gathered at his sickbed to be people of “Faith and Patience” (the words on the Norbert window in the Reconciliation Room in Archmere’s Oratory). Saint Norbert died three days later at age 54.
On June 3, 1963, Pentecost Monday, Pope John XXIII died in his apartment in the Vatican at 7:49 PM Rome time at age 81, just after a Mass for him was completed in Saint Peter’s Square; he had suffered from cancer for a year. He was able to preside at the opening of Vatican Council II on October 11, 1962 (the Council ended in 1965). Pope John was canonized on April 27, 2014.
In today’s Gospel Jesus said that our God is “a God of the living”. Saint Norbert and Saint John XXIII inspire us to be people of faith and patience, especially in illness.
– Father McLaughlin