After the Eucharist this morning at St. Boniface Church on Siesta Key, FL one of the priests asked me if I’d be willing and able to take holy communion to a parishioner in one of our local hospitals.
Of course I was happy to be asked, and happy to be available to serve.
The parishioner had just had major surgery. He was having a tough time. His wife told me of other family “issues”. She is an in-between woman, caring for an elderly mother, a very sick husband, and an errant teenaged step child.
After while it seemed to be the right time to share in the holy communion. This I did. The sick parishioner got to be very teary eyed.
Communion ended, I announced that I had a profound theological comment about the man’s health.
I said: “this is so shitty”. Neither husband nor wife disagreed.