On the 8th day of the Decade of Mission days, let us reflect on the theme “Service to one’s neighbour in need”.

A reading of the Holy Gospel according to St. John 17, 18-24

As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth. “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world.

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The eternal God is not only a wise Creator, but also a tireless Helper in our lives. He himself is the best Healer of our hearts and the one who supports not only our spiritual life, but also our physical life. However, He shares His wisdom and knowledge with physicians who selflessly serve others and do their best to save the lives of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. The Lord gives our doctors special endurance and strength of body, soul and spirit.

Nowadays, it is very difficult for doctors, because in hospitals both in the rear and in mobile hospitals in frontline areas, they save the lives of many wounded military and civilians. They work on the edge of human capabilities. However, the Lord gives them wisdom in every situation they face. He fills their hearts with His mercy, love, and patience when it seems that all mercy, love, and patience are exhausted.

Each of us, whether in the diaspora or in the regions of relative peace, has the opportunity to join volunteer initiatives either through money, or medicine, or personal belongings. Volunteering united us, and serving our neighbour in need made us closer to each other, we became a stronger nation, we began to get rid of unnecessary envy, grievances and selfishness, and through volunteer initiatives we restored our own meaning in life, the opportunity to realize their vocation. its capabilities.

Let us pray for all health workers and doctors, volunteers and people of good will who sacrificially serve the needy:

Our Father…

Rejoice Mother of God…

Glory be to the Father…