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Anointing of the Sick

April 17, 2016 Click on the left end of the black bar to play/pause

17 April 2016
John 10:27-30
Fr. George Smiga

All of us have had this experience: someone we know, someone we love, or even we ourselves are diagnosed with a serious disease, cancer or heart problems. We seek medical treatment. We try to keep our spirits up. But we feel vulnerable and helpless. What can we do?

Others of us are advancing in age. We are not as mobile as we used to be. There are more aches and pains. We try to stay healthy, to eat right and exercise. But we know the direction of life, and it is moving toward less mobility and more pain. What can we do?

What we can do in the presence of sickness or advancing age is to surround ourselves with love. In those difficult circumstances there is nothing more important than to stay in touch with the people who love us, our family and friends. Nothing is more important than to remember to whom we belong.

In today’s gospel Jesus tells us that we belong to him. He is always with us and no one can take us out of his hand. This is what we celebrate today in the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. As those here who are sick or aging come forward to be anointed, they show thankfulness for the people in their lives who surround them with love, and we support them in our faith that they are surrounded by Jesus’ love. That love gives strength and hope. Sickness and growing old can challenge and frighten us. But we believe that Jesus our shepherd is with us. And no one can take us out of his hand.

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