Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pieter Aertsen – Apostles Peter and John Healing the Sick (1575)

A complete doctrinal homily outline for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time can be found here.

Central idea: Care for others. Doctrine: All Christians share in Christ’s healing mission. Practical application: Caring for the Sick.

  • After the Ascension and Pentecost, the Gospel will be in the apostles’ hands. To help prepare them, Jesus sends them out to practice what they have been observing him doing: preaching the Gospel with miraculous power.
  • By going in pairs they could look out for one another: endure any hardships together, protect one another from any harm, avoid loneliness, and discuss their experiences.
  • In these specific instructions Our Lord seems to be saying: don’t be concerned with your material needs but depend entirely on God; your apostolic work is worthy of you accepting people’s support for doing it; and, it is a serious thing for any of them to reject the Gospel.
  • The apostles “anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” Here we can see the origin of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.






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