As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and pay attention to your breathing. Take three deep breaths and remember that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue this journey of growth and discovery.
Acts of the Apostles 3:6
Peter said, ÒI have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, [rise and] walk.Ò
Human suffering is inevitable, but in Jesus it has new meaning. The person begging at the temple gate was hopeful when Peter and John stopped and looked at him. He did not get what he wanted, but through the name of Jesus, he got what he needed. In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, God's comfort and healing power come to those who are seriously ill. While our hope is often for the healing of the physical illness, those who receive this sacrament are assured to get what they need: the comfort of God and healing from the brokenness of sin.
In what ways can I offer Jesus' healing presence to others?
How might I be a source of God's comfort to those who suffer illness?
(Speak to Jesus using this prayer or words of your own.)
Jesus, thank you for your healing love. Help me to be an instrument of your comfort and your healing presence.