Wednesday, 12 February 2020 08:40

Health Workers do not just Bring Cure but also Care

The Archdiocese of Manila celebrated the 28th World Day of the Sick with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, Jr., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Novaliches, at the Manila Cathedral on February 11, 2020.

The theme for the celebration was “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, bishop-emeritus of the Diocese of Novaliches leads the Exposition and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament during the celebration of the 28th World Day of the Sick at the Manila Cathedral. (Photo by Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC l View Photogallery)


In his homily, Bishop Bacani told the health workers that aside from bringing the cure to the sick, he urged them to show love, care, and concern.

“At mga health workers na naririto, paalaala sa atin ni Pope Francis at madalas na paalaala ng papa na tayo po minsan makatutulong tayo at madadala natin ang cure, pagpapagaling. Kung minsan hindi na natin madalan ng cure. Wala na. Ngunit kahit hindi mabigyan ng cure lahat tayo makapagbibigay pa rin ng care. Alaga. Pagmamalasakit,” Bishop Bacani said.

In addition, he also asked them to come to the Lord not because they are sick but because they find the love of Christ that they will resonate as they cure those who are suffering from illness.

“At tayo rin na mga health workers sabi ng Panginoon, lumapit kayo sa akin hindi dahil sa may sakit kayo kundi kailangan niyo ang puso ko para sa ganon paglapit ninyo sa may sakit hindi lang sarili ninyong kakayanan ang dala ninyo kundi ang pagmamahal ko at pangangalaga,” he said.

The World Day of the Sick is an annual celebration of the Catholic Church initiated by Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1992. The feast coincides with the Commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.

This year’s celebration of the World Day of the Sick, instead of the usual anointing of the sick people who were present, the exposition and procession of the Blessed Sacrament was held.

The annual event is organized by the Ministry on Healthcare of the Archdiocese of Manila and the Order of Malta Philippines. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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