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March 16, 2021
Lenten Weekday
Something Worse Than COVID-19
Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.
John 5:14

This past year, people have been rightly focused, almost obsessed, about COVID-19. It has dominated news cycles and been the focus of discussions everywhere. Precautions shuttered businesses worldwide for months. All this is understandable given the overwhelming number of related deaths.

In today’s gospel, Jesus healed a man who had been incapacitated for 38 years. After the man was healed, Jesus admonished him to stop sinning “so that nothing worse may happen to you.”

Much worse than physical illness is sin and the resulting death of one’s soul. If we believe the warning of Jesus, wouldn’t it make sense to be even more concerned about our spiritual health than COVID-19? We wear masks and practice social distancing to protect ourselves from the virus—we should do even more to foster the health of our souls.

- Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 • Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 John 5:1-16


March 16, 2021 at 04:49 PM

Msgr. Stephen, thank you for your devotion. * Personal tragedies, disappointments, insults, and other negative experiences can remain in our thoughts for a long time. If we focus on our problems, we can forget about the great things that Jesus has done for us and so we continue to sin. The Lord's favors, mercy and compassion are never ending, may we make these our reason to have hope, stop sinning and to care for the health of our souls. Amen. God Bless our Living Faith Family.

March 16, 2021 at 12:48 PM

God wants our Spiritual health above all. May his will be done. ❤️

March 16, 2021 at 11:47 AM

We got a call from a family member today who has serious illnesses. She read the title and commentary for today's Living Faith and was really upset. It made her feel like she is a bad person.; It confuses her. We just wanted to pass this along.

March 16, 2021 at 05:05 PM

Sharing this passage with her in John 9:1-3, "As He (Jesus) went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."

March 16, 2021 at 12:58 PM

We get illnesses due to medical reasons, our body not able to work right. Often there is no answer to why I do not see this as a sign of being sinful. There are too many healthy evil people out there. I believe Jesus was speaking to the heath of our soul. The man's body was well so now take care of your soul. Hope this helps.

March 16, 2021 at 09:40 AM

Good Morning everyone! I was led this morning to look at yesterday’s comments and followed the link that Salina put up: Defending the Faith in a Hostile World by Dr. Voddie Baucham This minister is speaking Truth, and although he is not Catholic, he is catholic! I am so glad you suggested this Salina.

March 16, 2021 at 09:18 AM


March 16, 2021 at 08:37 AM

I ask everyone to pray for my father-in-law and his children and difficult decisions being made.

March 16, 2021 at 10:15 AM

Paul, Yes, I will be praying today for your Father-in-Law, and your Family that the difficult decisions needing to be addressed will be made easier giving it to God and trusting in His will. Also praying for His peace to embrace you all. God Bless you and all who you love.

March 16, 2021 at 08:31 AM

"Do we want to be made well" this Lenten season, if so the time is now, as we still have half of Lent to go. Jesus's grace and love is always with us, especially during the sabbath. Do we believe that we too can be healed by Jesus, come to him with all of your heart, soul and mind and see. The Lord Jesus is my stronghold my refuge and my strength, apart from him, I lose everything and cannot find my way. In our life there will be many people including us who will find the path that leads to sin. We need to stop going down this path, which will lead to destruction in our lives. We can be made well, but we need to get up take up our matts and walk to him, he is waiting for us. Dear Jesus, please hear the prayers of our Living Faith Family, for those who have no one to pay for them and fo all of the souls in Purgatory, that today they may see the face of Christ in his Heavenly Kingdom, we pray, Amen.

March 17, 2021 at 06:39 AM

Prayers for your entire family Paul.

March 16, 2021 at 10:50 AM

Amen. Praying.

March 16, 2021 at 07:53 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel for today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for m faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar nd scramble the enemies' frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts- by the power of God - cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeding the ruin of souls. AMEN

Bonnie L
March 16, 2021 at 02:00 PM


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March 16, 2021 at 07:32 AM

Wow good point!!!!

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March 16, 2021 at 07:17 AM



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