Mayo, Menninger and Their Sons: Pioneers in Medicine

Friday, March 06, 2015Monday, March 06, 2017Tuesday, March 06, 2018
The Collect: 

Divine Physician, we bless your Name for the work and witness of the Mayos and the Menningers, and the revolutionary developments that they brought to the practice of medicine. As Jesus went about healing the sick as a sign of the reign of God come near, bless and guide all those inspired to the work of healing by your Holy Spirit, that they may follow his example for the sake of your kingdom and the health of your people; through the same Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reading: 
Sirach 38:1-8

1Honour physicians for their services,
   for the Lord created them; 
2 for their gift of healing comes from the Most High,
   and they are rewarded by the king. 
3 The skill of physicians makes them distinguished,
   and in the presence of the great they are admired. 
4 The Lord created medicines out of the earth,
   and the sensible will not despise them. 
5 Was not water made sweet with a tree
   in order that its* power might be known? 
6 And he gave skill to human beings
   that he* might be glorified in his marvellous works. 
7 By them the physician* heals and takes away pain; 
8   the pharmacist makes a mixture from them.
God’s* works will never be finished;
   and from him health* spreads over all the earth. 

Psalm: 
Psalm 91:9-14

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge,*
   the Most High your dwelling-place, 
10 no evil shall befall you,
   no scourge come near your tent. 

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways. 
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
   so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. 
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
   the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. 

14 Those who love me, I will deliver;
   I will protect those who know my name.

Epistle: 
Acts 5:12-16

12 Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem.14Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, 15so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. 16A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

Gospel: 
Luke 8:40-56

40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, 42for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying.

As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. 43Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians,* no one could cure her. 44She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her haemorrhage stopped. 45Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied it, Peter* said, ‘Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.’ 46But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.’ 47When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’

49 While he was still speaking, someone came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.’50When Jesus heard this, he replied, ‘Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.’ 51When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52They were all weeping and wailing for her; but he said, ‘Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.’ 53And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54But he took her by the hand and called out, ‘Child, get up!’ 55Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he directed them to give her something to eat. 56Her parents were astounded; but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.