5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023 – “No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket”
“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a bushel basket; but rather it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.”
I originally preached that I was healed in Lourdes to both of my parishes the 2nd weekend of October of 2022. But some people still have questions and so I would like to provide a bit more detail.
I received my initial diagnosis up at the Mayo Clinic on February 11th, 2020 (The Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes) and got to have Mass that night in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes which is attached to the Mayo Clinic.
Fastforward to March of 2022. My MRI showed that the tumor was starting to grow back and that there was also now a tumor on my pituitary gland.
Although I was perfectly happy to die and offer my life up for the victims of clergy abuse, I thought that since I received my diagnosis on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes and had Mass that night in the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, that I should make a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France and if I was healed there, it might bring some fallen away Catholics back to the Catholic Church.
So I went to Lourdes this past June and was healed there. It took me a while to realize I was healed because there is no pain associated with a brain tumor. I have been in touch with the medical examiner at Lourdes, and they have a very extensive process that they go through in order to verify miracles.
Although I have been off social media for the past 2 years, I was still receiving emails from victims wondering about my medical progress so I made a video this past Monday to let victims know that I had been healed at Lourdes.
Jesus says in our Gospel today that no one lights a lamp and then places it under a basket, rather it is placed on a stand for all to see.
And here is the major point…we ALL…each one of us…has an infinitely better message than a healing…we have our Catholic Faith, we have the Sacraments of the Church that give us an infinite amount of grace if we are open to it, and the primary Sacrament that sustains the Church and holds the Church together, we have Jesus Christ becoming truly present to us in his Body, Blood, Soul, and in His Divinity at every Mass.
Are we willing to witness to that fact in a charitable and attractive way? A question that each one of us needs to decide is “do I want to do whatever I can to get the word out that Jesus is alive and well in the Catholic Church”…or are we content to bury our light under a basket?
I pray that each one of us, in our own way, will do whatever we can, in the ways that we feel we are being nudged in prayer to do, to testify to the power of Jesus Christ alive in His Catholic Church today.