Do we treat the sacraments as magic? Do we approach the sacrament of Anointing with Faith?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us “The Risen Lord renews this mission (In my name…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.) and confirms it through the signs that the Church performs by invoking his name. Those signs demonstrate in a special way that Jesus is truly ‘God who saves.'”
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick continues the Healing Ministry of Jesus. As I tell many sick people ‘By Virtue of the Holy Spirit Jesus is here in this room.’ The stories where Jesus heals someone are not just historical events. They are present realities. We are the person who longs to touch the hem of his garment. We are at no disadvantage by virtue of the fact that we lives over 2000 years since the birth of Jesus. The book of Hebrews tells us “Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever.”
We are called to believe in Jesus. F.X. Durrwell in his book ‘In the Redeeming Christ’ writes “Faith is the beginning of the Christian Life. ‘He that come to God must first believe that he is.’ (Heb 11:6)
The prime object of our faith is the person of Christ and the person of God who reveals himself in Christ. His leap of faith is not merely a truth of reason, or even a series of truths. The apostles were not teaching doctrines, propagating religious ideas. They were the heralds, the witnesses of a person. Their preaching was proclamation rather than teaching: ‘What we preach of Jesus Christ our Lord.’ (2 Cor 4:5) They were giving witness of Jesus Christ to a people which did not as yet believe; they were proclaiming the Lord Jesus…The men who accepted that word were not simply giving their accent to a doctrine. They were attaching themselves to a person.
Jesus is here by virtue of the Holy Spirit. Touch him. Faith is the finger by which you Touch the Risen Jesus