Make time to care for the sick, Catholics urged

Make time to care for the sick, Catholics urged
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The Archdiocese of Manila and the Order of Malta Philippines mark the 26th World Day of the Sick with a Mass, anointing of the sick, and a medical mission. CBCPNews

Suffering is an opportunity to draw particularly close to people who are ill, and to those who care for them, a Catholic priest said.

Monsignor Ernesto Lo, chaplain of the Order of Malta Philippines, said that just as Jesus healed people during his earthly ministry, the care for the sick is a mission that Christians are called to take part in.

“We are called to pray and care for one another in times of joy and suffering,” Msgr. Lo said in his homily during Mass for the World Day of the Sick at the Manila Cathedral on Saturday.

“The cross that we bear becomes more manageable when we care for one another,” he said. “Miracles are bound to happen if we join together in faith and love. Let us be ready for God’s surprises.”

Manila archdiocese marked the 26th World Day of the Sick with a Mass, the anointing of the sick, and a medical mission.

The observance came a day earlier from the official date which falls on February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The day of the sick was instituted by St. John Paul II in 1992, who called it “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering.”

More than 1, 000 people with illnesses from as young as 10 and as old as 80 attended the Mass to receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

In his message, Pope Francis called on Church’s health care institutions to continue serving the sick “with renewed vigor”.

Like Mary, he said that Christians are also called to care for one another and excludes no one. CBCPNews