Monthly Theme for February: Baptism – Calls Us to Holiness

The month of February coincides with the World Day of the Sick. The World Day of the Sick was first established by Pope Saint John Paul II on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1993. This year the Church celebrates the 27th World Day of the Sick on 11 February 2019. In his message, Pope Francis focuses on the words of Jesus to His disciples: “You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10: 8). He says that “the most credible means of evangelisation” occurs when, like the Good Samaritan, we go out of our way and care for the sick with generosity and love. At the same time, in his message, Pope Francis expresses his appreciation and gratitude to those who are freely volunteering themselves, through groups and organisations, to care for the sick.

By Baptism, we too are called to participate in the apostolic and missionary activity of the People of God (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1270), which includes caring for those who are sick and the infirm and by praying for them. In sincerely caring for them and by giving of ourselves, without expecting anything in return, we grow in holiness as disciples of Jesus. Also, as highlighted by Pope Francis, we too should show our appreciation and gratitude to those who are giving of themselves as care givers in our families, neighbourhood and society.