“COME TO ME …THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIFE TO THE FULL”
Bishop Zolile P. Mpambani gathered together with priests, religious and few lay people for a workshop on healing service which took place in Kokstad from Monday 20th to Wedndesday 23rd June. The workshop was led by both Fr Bafana Hlatshwayo CSSR and Sr Phuthunywa C. Siyali HC.
The aim of the workshop was to help participants on the understanding of the Healing ministry in the catholic context.
During the workshop, participants were also made aware of the different moments of healing which are parts of every Catholic liturgy. In this regard healing becomes an experience of Jesus Christ in our midst.
For example before receiving Holy Communion, the priest prays silently: “ May the receiving of your Body and blood, Lord Jesus, not bring me judgement and condemnation, but through your loving mercy be for me protection in mind and Body and healing remedy.”
*“…Judgement and condemnation…”: How often does someone feel condemned because of illness, even rejected and excluded?
*…be for me protection…”: do we not all seek protection in mind and body?
In the Eucharist we encounter Christ the Healer. This Sacrament therefore is the healing remedy we desire. “…say but the word and my soul (deepest self)shall be healed.”
During the workshop, facilitators emphasised also on the importance of the team training and ministry. Team ministry is a very important part of the Catholic tradition of healing. Even when the priest ministers alone, he does so in communion with the whole church. In team ministry, it is Christ who heals and we support each other in inviting Christ the Healer to be present. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them” Mt 18:20.