When Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco died almost three years ago, he left behind many papers and books. Tucked among them was this one hand-written fragment:
Where shall I find the Messiah?
At the gate of the City, Elijah replied.
How shall I recognize him?
He sits among the lepers.
Among the lepers! What is he doing there?
He changes their bandages, Elijah answered. He changes them one by one.
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At a time when frontline medical workers are the priests of our time, tending directly to the sick and the plague-stricken, this simple fragment hit me with special force. Let’s pray for all of these generous, brave, good people at this time.