This Morning as I was walking into the hospital a man asked me to visit him wife. His wife has a very severe form of cancer. She and her family and doctors have realized that there is nothing more than they can do. She is entering hospice care. I heard her confession, and gave her communion. I also talked about the value of her suffering and offering her suffering to Jesus to obtain graces and blessing for her family especially for her husband and son.
As I was anointing her. The Holy Spirit gave me the encounter of the woman who anointed the feet of Jesus. Now in that story the woman anoints the feet of Jesus as he prepares to die. He is anointed for his death. We are also told that the fragrance filled the room.
Now I have never connected this story with the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. But it fits. The Fathers of the Church tell us that the Body of Jesus is the Alabaster Jar that contained the sweet smelling fragrance of the Holy Spirit.The Father of the Church tell us also that the Alabaster Jar is the Body of Christ was broken and filled the entire Church with the Holy Spirit.
I felt like Mary of Bethany when I anointed this woman for her death. The anointing brings spiritual healing to her soul so that she can offer her body, life to God more perfectly. That at her death her body will be broken and out of the Alabaster Jar which is her body the graces of the Holy Spirit fill be poured out on her family and loved ones.
We read in scripture “When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them….and the whole house was filled with the fragrance.” (Lk 7:38)
After I meet her and anointed her. I had a mass at the hospital and I told her that the mass would be offered for her and her intentions.