Today the church celebrates Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time. Let us pray. O God, who willed that our infirmities be born by Your only begotten Son, to show the value of human suffering, listen in kindness to our prayers for our brothers and sisters who are sick. Grant that all who are oppressed by pain, distress or other afflictions, may know that they are chosen among the proclaimed, blessed, and are united to Christ in His suffering for the salvation of the world. Amen.