384 A reader, another person present, or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, taken preferably from the texts given in Pastoral Care of the Sick and the Lectionary for Mass. The readings chosen should be those that best apply to the physical and spiritual condition of those who are sick.
Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians:
The God of all consolation.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God oft all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ's sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.
Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Matthew:
Come to me and I will refresh you.
Jesus said to the crowds: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Mark:
They laid the sick in the marketplace.
After making the crossing, Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.
387 As circumstances suggest, one of the following responsorial psalms may be sung or said, or some other suitable song.
R. Lord, you have preserved my life from destruction.
Once I said, "
In the noontime of life I must depart!
To the gates of the nether world I shall be consigned
for the rest of my years."
I said, "I shall see the LORD no more
in the land of the living.
No longer shall I behold my fellow men
among those who dwell in the world." R.
My dwelling, like a shepherd's tent,
is struck down and borne away from me;
You have folded up my life, like a weaver
who severs the last thread. R.
Those live whom the LORD protects;
yours . . . the life of my spirit.
You have given me health and life. R.
Psalm 102:2-3, 24-25
R. (v. 2) O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.
388 As circumstances suggest, the minister may give those present a brief explanation of the biblical text, so that they may understand through faith the meaning of the celebration.