1 April, Thursday – The Anointed One!

Maundy Thursday – Chrism Mass

Isa 61:1-3,6,8-9
Apo 1:5-8
Lk 4:16-21

“…he has anointed me.”

In preparing for today’s reflection, I did some searching, literally online, and then some soul searching too! I asked myself what does it mean to be the anointed one? I knew of course that our Lord Jesus Christ is THE anointed one but what does it mean for me to be anointed as well?

The original usage of anointing with oil was by shepherds. Their sheep were often bothered and made filthy by lice and insects, which could even kill the sheep if the insects made their way deep into the sheep’s skin or ears. The shepherds would therefore pour oil on the sheep’s head, making it too slippery for the insects to crawl so they would just fall off. After this, anointing became a symbol of protection, empowerment, and blessing as we know it today.

Furthermore, the intent of anointing is to set apart a person, place, or thing for divine use. Anointing with oil has all these meanings in the sacramental life. The pre-baptismal anointing with the oil of catechumens signifies cleansing and strengthening; the anointing of the sick expresses healing and comfort. The post-baptismal anointing with sacred chrism in Confirmation and Ordination is the sign of consecration. By Confirmation, Christians, that is, those who are anointed, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled, so that their lives may give off ‘the aroma of Christ.’ (2 Cor 2:5)

So, does my life give off ‘the aroma of Christ’?

I am confounded by this question. I feel the watchful eyes of my Heavenly Father and as I examine the ‘report card’ of my Christian life thus far, I am embarrassed, ashamed and guilt ridden. I have been given this special, beautiful grace by God; I have been set apart for His purpose. But have I truly lived up to being called his anointed one?

(Today’s OXYGEN by Lorraine Wong)

Prayer: Abba Father, you have blessed us with yet another awakening today; gently nudging us to get back on track with your mission. Help us to live our lives according to your holy will, open our hearts to your divine plan. As we journey into the holiest of holy days, may we unite ourselves once again with our Lord and Saviour. For He is the way, the Truth and Life, may we all live up to being called the anointed one!

Thanksgiving: Thank you Father, for your grace and mercy, for protecting us, empowering us and blessing us. Most of all, Father, thank you for giving us your son Jesus, to show us the way.

[1] Got Questions.com

[2] Catechism of the Catholic Church No1294


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