Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
An EMT comes across the victim of a serious accident, and it's clear that this person is going to die. Then the victim asks, "Am I dying?" What would YOU say?
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Leaving the Kitchen," August 19, 2012, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Matthew O'Reilly is a critical care EMT in Suffolk County, New York. He's been a first responder in all kinds of accidents and catastrophes.
In a video talk he gave for the TED website, he tells of responding to incidents where people are so badly injured that they have only minutes left to live, and there's nothing O'Reilly, or anyone else on the scene, can do to change that outcome. These victims sometimes ask O'Reilly directly, "Am I dying?"
The first few times he encountered such situations, O'Reilly lied, thinking that comforting the dying person was preferable to telling the truth. "I was afraid if I told them the truth, that they would die in terror, in ...