Thank you for being with us today as we celebrate this “White Mass’ where we recognize, honor and pray for all those in the healing ministry of health care, Catholic and not. It is named the White Mass because of the tradition of wearing white garments, although that is less common these days.
We priests wear red because this is the feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist who is believed to be martyred, shed his blood for the faith. He is the patron saint of health care and health care providers. St. Paul tells us Luke was himself a physician. He wrote the Gospel of Luke as well as the Acts of the Apostles. Scripture scholars have described the Gospel of Luke as the gospel of mercy, of the poor, of prayer, and of joy. All of these reflect the tapestry of health care.