“Ten days from now, the Church will celebrate the Feast of St. Luke – St. Luke the great evangelist and also the patron of physicians – for, as Tradition attests, St. Luke was himself a physician, first of the body and then of the spirit. So, this morning we ask St. Luke to intercede for all medical professionals, those who have joined us this morning at our annual White Mass, and those who serve throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore. May they be guided by the hand of God and sustained by the grace of Christ as they seek to engage in the art of healing body, mind, and spirit.
“And all of us should pray for those who serve in the medical professions. We greatly value the service they render to us and to our families in helping us overcome illness and maintain our health. And even those of us who are not in the medical field are aware that these days medicine is an especially demanding calling. It is in fact demanding, not only in the knowledge and skills needed in the rapidly changing fields of medical technology, but also because our country is unsettled and divided over the best way to deliver medical care to the many of our fellow citizens. Add to that the many challenges in the vast field of medical ethics and the challenges medical professionals face when they allow their religious faith to influence their practice. So it is important that these good professional men and women of faith pray with us and equally important that we pray with them and for them, asking the prayerful intercession of St. Luke on their behalf and ours.”
Read the complete homily HERE.