Fourteenth Letter to the Filipinos

I mulled about the following biblical passage while planning to present to you the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

The Healing of a Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”— 11 he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” 12 He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

“They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men” on verse 3. I have interceded for moribund relatives to receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, which is conferred to both the living and the dying.

Anointing of the Sick may contribute to the cure of patients or to prepare them to move from this world to eternal life. The Holy Spirit renews confidence and Faith of the patient in God and strengthens the patient against temptations, discouragement, despair and anguish at the thought and the struggle of death.

Click on the following link to retrieve the article Anointing of the Sick.

https://meditationsoncatholicism.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/anointing-of-the-sick/

I have also received the sacrament during masses, and once in the hospital. I have narrated the experience in the hospital in the article Believe it or Not.

Click on the following link to retrieve the article Believe it or Not.

https://meditationsoncatholicism.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/believe-it-or-not/

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