There is a very clear meaning why these 40 days are meant to be cherished and are so necessary each year. Although redeemed by what Jesus has done for us, it is painfully clear that we humans remain flawed, imperfect and in need of healing. All the acts of penitence, all the wonderful (or not) sermons digested, all the prayers uttered keep returning me to the truth that I need the healing love of the Lord.
On Sunday, March 8, we will prayerfully offer the Rite of Anointing of the Sick in the midst of the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Liturgy. We believe that there is a relationship among physical, emotional and spiritual illness. Jesus told us explicitly that he came that “(we) may have life, in abundance.” The evils in life, whether caused by our own choices or by mere chance or the actions of others, are there to be given to Jesus’ healing power. No matter how imperfect we know we are, it is HE who will heal us, empower us and has redeemed us. Happy Lent.