The second reading for Mass this weekend has Saint Paul reflecting to the Philippians concerning his present circumstances. Paul declares: “I can do all things in him who strengthens me. Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.”
I remind you of this because this weekend we celebrate the Anointing of the Sick for those of our community who are presently dealing with illness, injury, advanced age, or some other distress.
There is a vulnerability in all of us, personally and community wide, that is in need of prayer, hope, and healing. As we witness those who are being anointed this weekend, may we also pray for the grace of the Holy Spirit to be a source of cleansing, healing, wholeness and peace. As we are touched by God’s grace, may we in turn pray for and reach out a hand of healing, hope and prayer that our families and our community may know the life giving spirit of God that can refashion and reform us anew.
In a very real way we know that we too can do all things in the One who strengthens us. May we be kind enough to pray for and share in the burden of pain and distress that impinges on our sisters and brothers in Christ. None of us are totally whole as long as any one of us is in need.
May Christ the King reign in our lives.