|St. Damien's Relic|
Gospel, Lk 11:37-41Source
37 He had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and sat down at table.
38 The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal.
39 But the Lord said to him, 'You Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while inside yourselves you are filled with extortion and wickedness.
40 Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too?
41 Instead, give alms from what you have and, look, everything will be clean for you.
He spoke briefly on today's Gospel and he tied in with how Father Damien like Jesus, was not concerned so much with the washing on the outside but how the cleanliness on the inside was more important. Unfortunately said Bishop Larry, that was one of the reasons Father Damien contracted leprosy. He was not a dirty man; just not that fastidious.
His relic was exposed for us to venerate. See above photo. The object that looks like a rock in the middle is his right heel bone.
The bishop had two concelebrants...two priests from Poland who were on a pilgrimage with a group.
Easter was there too and I believe she took more photos. I will post the link if she does share them.
I've already told two friends that I would remember to pray for them in front of Saint Damien's relic on Saturday. If you would like me to do that for you, just let me know.