“They shall lay their hand upon the sick” Mark 16: 18

As I was attending Mass yesterday (maskless and proud), something from the Gospel really stuck out like a sore thumb. Tell me if you catch it…

GOSPEL Mark 16:14-20
At that time, Jesus appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: “Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall he condemned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents: and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their hand upon the sick: and they shall recover.” 
And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God. But they going forth preached every where: the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed.

Did you notice it? Let me spell it out for you in caps lock: “THEY SHALL LAY THEIR HAND UPON THE SICK”.

Father Jose Maria Galvan, wearing gloves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, places the host in the hands of a parishioner during the morning mass at St. Eugenio Church, in Rome, Monday, May 18, 2020.
Alessandra Tarantino / AP // https://www.wgbh.org/news/lifestyle/2020/05/22/christians-adapt-to-no-communion-during-coronavirus-crisis
Mass at the Church of Sant’Eugenio in Rome on May 18, 2020. (Daniel Ibáñez/CNA) // https://angelusnews.com/news/world/diocese-of-rome-offers-priests-free-covid-19-antibody-tests/
A priest wearing a mask and gloves celebrates Mass at the Ospedale di Circolo in Varese, Italy, Friday, April 10, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. [ LUCA BRUNO | AP ] // https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/04/10/see-pictures-of-coronavirus-impact-from-around-the-world/
Father Del Monte during rounds at the Humanitas Gavazzeni hospital in Bergamo.Credit…Luca Cepparo/Humanitas Gavazzeni // https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/world/europe/italy-priests-coronavirus.html
A priest wearing a protective mask and gloves blesses a member of his congregation after hearing confession at a Rome church while practicing social distancing March 26, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters) // https://www.ncronline.org/news/theology/confession-zoom-pandemic-revives-conversation-about-reconciling-afar
Father Albert Ranallo, coordinator for Pastoral Care for Health Facilities in the Diocese of Providence, R.I., adjusts his face shield at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence June 16, 2020. (CNS photo/Rick Snizek, Rhode Island Catholic) // https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/06/25/priests-are-front-lines-covid-19-they-minister-sick-dying
A priest distributes Holy Communion in Italy on Monday. (photo: Daniel Ibáñez) // https://www.ncregister.com/blog/public-masses-resume-in-italy-but-not-without-controversy
Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces, N.M., wears a mask and gloves while giving Communion to a passenger of a vehicle during the Easter Vigil in the parking lot of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces April 11, 2020. Bishop Baldacchino became the first-known U.S. prelate to lift a diocesan ban on public Mass April 15, 2020, and told priests they may resume sacramental ministry if they follow state health mandates. (CNS photo/courtesy David McNamara, Diocese of Las Cruces) // https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/04/23/what-first-christians-can-teach-us-about-missing-sacraments-and-still-growing


This is shameful. This is gross. And this needs to STOP. Fear is a pathetic look on clergy. Get over yourselves and preach the Gospel of Christ, not the Gospel of Covid. Would JESUS wear GLOVES to administer the sick? No. Why? Because He didn’t while He was on earth. HE TOUCHED the lepers, He TOUCHED the sick.

I hope anyone who supports this covid-church behavior (masks, banned people from the Sacraments, gloves, Eucharistic abuses, jabs) feels ashamed, because you should be ashamed. Just stop, it’s so cringe and so anti-Christ.

I’ll just leave with this photo of SAINT Charles Borromeo administering to the plague victims.

Pierre Mignard (1612-1695), “St. Charles Borromeo Ministering to Plague Victims” (photo: Public Domain)

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