Anointing of the Sick

This sacrament celebrates Christ's special concern for the sick, expressed through the Church.  Anointing has traditionally been associated with healing.  Think of all the ointments that are used in medical care.  In the Bible, sickness is often associated with sin.  Jesus corrected the notion that God sent sickness as a result of personal sin.  Still, the Gospels point out that various maladies (lameness, blindness, leprosy) are evidence of a world gone awry from God's original intention for wholeness and well being.  Jesus rights the wrongs, both morally and physically.  The Church, as an extension of Christ's ministry, anoints the sick, praying for both healing and conversion.

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