” Is any among you sick ? Call the presbyters of the Church, let them pray, anointing the sick with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, the lord will raise him up, and if he committed sins, will be forgiven.” (Jas. 5:14-15). Notice here, that this sacrament is Not the sacrament of the dead, but of the sick.
Potential candidates for receiving the anointing of the sick, would be anyone with serious illness or in danger of death from old age, etc. These should seek the sacrament. The fitting time has certainly arrived.
Do not wait till you go to the hospital or worse, to emergency. It is sad to anoint someone who is unconscious of what’s happening , when the anointing of the sick could have easily be done at home or at church, surrounded by your loved ones and able to participate in the celebration of the sacrament of healing.
We are to refrain from brief and emergency forms of anointing unless absolutely necessary.
Remember, anointing is Not a preparation for death, it is a supportive prayer in the battle against illness. Sacraments are actions of Christ who continues to touch us in order to heal us.
Prayer::” Through this Holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy, help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit, and may the Lord who forgives you your sins save you and raise you up”. Amen.
God bless you and yours. Fr. David, O.P