Epistle: Jer. 7:1-7 [Let us pray to the Divine Physician, that He might cure the fevers of our passions.]
Gospel: Lk. 4:38-44 [Cure of Peter's mother-in-law and exorcisms (exorcisms of demons, not the mother-in-law).]
Full Latin-English propers here.
Today's collect makes it sound as if today were the feast of Sts. Cosmas & Damian. That's a dead giveaway that today's station is at the Basilica of Sts. Cosmas & Damian. The readings are about cures and doctors, since Sts. Cosmas & Damian were doctors. Their feastday is September 27, nine months to the day before my birthday, so I have a special connection with them.
In today's office, the homily at Matins is from St. Ambrose. He says,
I say that the passion which rageth in the mind is a lesser fire than that fever which burneth the body. Covetousness, and lust, and uncleanness, and vain desires, and strivings, and anger these be our fevers.This is Lent. This is the time to pray and do penance to develop self-control over our passions. This is why Lent exists. Let us not forget to pray for those drowning in sin, who haven't been to Mass in many, many years. They live life according to their own rules. Their rules are made by their passions. They build a life based on their passions, but it is their passions that control them. They want lust. They want independence. They are like St. Margaret of Cortona. They seek to build a life on their passions, but, as the psalmist says, "Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it." They long for a certain joy, a joy they have not felt since they were practicing Catholics, and lost for one reason or another. Now they look for it among the world, as the bride of the Canticle of Canticles searched for her Bridegroom within the world, unable to find them. Pray they they might realize that it is only at the Altar of God that they find that profound joy. Only through God do they find that joy, as it was God who gave joy to their youth. Christ is the only lover that can truly satisfy them. Sts. Cosmas & Damian, pray for them. St. Margaret, pray for them.