Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula led the celebration of the Holy Mass to mark the 32nd World Day of the Sick at the Manila Cathedral last Saturday, February 10, 2024.
“Ipinagdiriwang natin ngayon ang Pandaigdigang Araw ng Panalangin para sa mga Maysakit. Sa bisperas ng kapistahan ng Mahal na Birhen ng Lourdes, na kilalang mapaghimalang patrona ng mga maysakit, itinutuon ng Simbahan ang ating atensyon, malasakit, at panalangin sa mga kapatid nating nagbabata ng iba’t ibang uri karamdaman at sa mga nag-aalaga sa kanila,” said Cardinal Advincula.
In his reflection during the homily, the Cardinal asked the faithful, especially the sick who are undergoing pain and suffering both physically and emotionally, to append their sufferings in the sufferings of Christ.
“Para sa ating mga kapatid na maysakit, paanyaya ng Simbahan na ilakip ang inyong pagdurusa sa pagdurusa ni Kristo. Isama ninyo sa kanyang sakripisyo ang sakripisyo ng inyong katawan at dugo, at iukol ito para sa kabutihan ng iba. Sa ganang ito, maaaring magtaglay ng saysay at kabuluhan ang pinagdaraanang karamdaman,” said Cardinal Advincula.
The Archbishop of Manila also cited that, “The bitter experience of illness can be filled and softened by the sweetness of love for others.” He added that “the most painful part of sickness — the loneliness and sadness – is cured because Jesus is able to stand as a companion in suffering and the neighbor as a supporter of suffering.”
At the end of his homily, the Cardinal encouraged the faithful to continue to care for the sick people the way Christ cared for His people.
“Sa pagsasagawa nito, magtiwala tayong hindi tayo mauubusan kailanman. Matapos mapakain at mapaginhawa ang lahat, napakarami pa ring lalabis. Ito’y sapagkat walang kinikilalang hangganan at limitasyon ang pusong nagmamalasakit at nagmamahal. Sikapin nating kumalinga sa bawat isa nang buhos, lubos, at ubos, gaya ng ginawa ng ating Panginoong HesuKristo,” he said.
During the Mass, Cardinal Advincula blessed and anointed the sick people who were present. The Mass was followed by a medical mission at the Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Maricaban, Pasay at 1 in the afternoon. More than 500 families participated in the medical mission attended by more than 100 volunteers including doctors, nurses, and parishioners.
The event was organized by the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Health Care, in coordination with the Order of Malta Philippines.
With the theme, “It is not good that man should be alone. Healing the Sick by Healing Relationships,” the World Day of the Sick was designated by the Catholic Church, and instituted by Pope Paul II in 1992, and is observed annually on February 11th, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The celebration highlights the importance of caring for the sick people. It also recognizes the role of the faithful especially the caregivers in providing comfort and support to those who are ill. (By Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)