Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.
Feb 06, 2020 – Thursday
Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
“So they went off and preached repentance. The twelve drove out demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.”
I personally experienced how the Anointing of the Sick, which was originally the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, became such a spiritual and morale booster, attitude-changing, for some loved ones who felt helpless, lost and anxiously waiting in bed for whatever outcome.
I saw the glow in their eyes, the spirit lifting, energized, anxiously waiting for the Priest to arrive, take her/his confession, and receive the Holy Eucharist. It’s just very moving that it has become my goal each time I hear of someone who is ill, I offer to bring a priest to them.
It was all I could do for them. I’m so glad the Church has changed the concept – it is not a deathbed sacrament, but is now a sacrament for the living, of repentance and reconciliation. Thank you, Lord, for giving us this Sacrament.