Suffering with Christ
I complete in my body what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His Church.
– Col 1:24
Christ does not abandon us when we are ill. To the contrary, He spent much of His young life caring for and loving the sick and suffering. He revealed something entirely new, in human history: He remarkably transformed illness and suffering into a mission tool for the Kingdom! He united our sufferings to His cross, for the salvation of the world. Illness and suffering are no longer useless, but a glorious (and painful) means to participate in the work of the salvation of the world (2 Cor 4: 7 – 10).
The sacrament of the sick involves three elements: confession of sins, anointing of the body with Holy Oil dedicated to this purpose, and finally the Eucharist. It is a community event. Family or close friends should be there. The sacrament of the sick is a sign that Jesus is with me, sustains me, and transforms my suffering for an unimaginably glorious purpose.
Every first Saturday of the month we offer the Sacrament of the sick at Mary Queen of Peace Church after 9 a.m. Mass. Otherwise contact the priest who will happily visit you. Make sure family or friends are with you.