Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” As Americans we know this as the words of Lady Liberty as she calls to the world’s immigrants representing the hope that is America. These words may better describe the Church of Christ especially during Holy Week. Christ offers hope for all those who are afflicted either with physical ailments or emotional ones. There is no limit to the love and compassion that awaits us in the bosom of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the message that runs throughout the service of Healing Oil, known also as the Sacrament of Holy Unction, celebrated in many places during Great and Holy Wednesday. The hymns and readings are full of references to mercy and compassion for the sick and the suffering. The problem is that most of us are suffering and don’t even realize it. 21st Century life is a daily burden which takes its toll on our hope for the future. If you sit and take a moment to ponder......I’m sure you will realize just how much hope you could use right about now. Come to the Church and experience the Hope that IS Christ. What a beautiful way to celebrate during Holy Week than with a service dedicated to the healing of soul and body. Let Christ take your burden.

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