Sacraments of Healing
Think of all the ways that we and the world experience brokenness?
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.- Ben Okra
Physical pain and Spiritual Pain are Real
How do Catholic Christians celebrate our ability to overcome and transform our suffering?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation mends broken relationships with ourselves, God and others (Spiritual Pain). The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick addresses physical pain.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates the depth of God's forgiveness... and we are called to pay it forward... so that we are freed and made whole again after causing brokenness. Remember the Prodigal Son? His father welcomes him with open arms even though the Son has turned away from him, and sinned.
What actions are part of the sacrament? What symbols? (check the Sacrament Facts Sheet on MyMitty).
Imagine how you would feel if your child was killed on her way home from school... what would you feel towards the shooter?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation tells us that we are forgiven, and encourages us to build a culture of forgiveness. The Amish are a model people of a way of life that follows Jesus call to forgive even our worst enemies.
Remember: "Father forgive them, they know not what they do!" When did Jesus say these words?
Discuss: What are the past, present and future elements of Reconciliation?
During Lent in the Diocese of San Jose, every church has opened it's doors between 6 and 8 PM every Wednesday evening to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Why is this sacrament an essential part of fully living the season of Lent?
Listen to Pope Francis-there you find Jesus. Be released, free!
Anointing of the Sick
The Healing of a Paralytic. Mark 2:1-12
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way?He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”— he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Anointing of the Sick is not about physical recovery, but spiritual strength. Sometimes our physical pain is an obstacle to spiritual well-being. This Sacrament results in courage and peace of heart so the one in pain is strengthened, knowing that God is present even in pain. What symbols are used?
Film clip 2: What healing does Peeta need? What is Katniss able to offer him?