The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak


I regret that I wasn’t able to post a homily for today’s readings. Yesterday morning I got hit with the stomach flu that’s going around, and although I’m mostly recovered now, I wasn’t able to think with enough focus and clarity to write a homily until this afternoon – and now I have to write my homily for the Sunday readings, which I’ll need for the vigil Mass this evening.

I’ve been sick a little bit more often than usual over the past six months, and I’m thinking it may have something to do with our tradition at the parish of giving communion under both species at daily Mass. When I purify the chalice after Communion, I’m getting exposed to the germs of everyone who drank from it… I’m considering switching to giving the Precious Blood by intinction, but that has its own complications. I may post on this again soon – along with something about the cleansing of the chalice and ciborium after Communion, a related topic that people have indirectly asked me about.

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About Matthew Green

I am a translator, origami artist/teacher, and photographer, a blogger, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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1 Response to The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak

  1. Olivia says:

    Stomach flu, that’s terrible 😦 hopeful you have completely recovered by now! Somehow, I think it has to do with food or water you consumed. Falling sick a little oftener than usual means a drop in your immune system. I suggest you build up your immunity; you could start with eating two cloves of fresh/raw garlic a day and drinking lots of water without toxins. It works!

    Yea stick with Intinction for now, forget the complications!

    Get well soon!

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