“BE AMBASSADORS OF EARLY TESTING,GO FOR MEDICAL CHECK -UP”BISHOP MUHATIA DURING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE SICK
The catholic diocese of nakuru health office in conjuction with the hospital chaplaincy and other stakeholders organised for mass for the sick in order to commemorate the world day of the sick.The mass happened at the cathedral church of Christ the king the main celebrant was Rt Rev Maurice Muhatia assisted by Very Rev Fr Mbogo(Vicar General)Fr Kipruto (Hospital Chaplain) Fr Njogu (Dean- Nakuru) Fr Rono (st Augustine Kiamunyi Parish and Fr Kioko(St Francis parish-KITI)
in his homily the Bishop thanked the ministers of the sick for the work they do.He also encouraged the sick not to get annoyed with God but trust in him in their conditions.He also told the ministers of the sick to be patient with the sick and not find them as a burden.
“seek and adhere to advice from the Doctors or health experts”the bishop added as he said that healing is a processes as illustrated in the story of Naaman in the bible . The Bishop also said that sickness can be a sign of salvation of others referring to the words of st john Paul the second who looked at his sickness with the eyes of faith.”Before the sick we meet God”said the bishop adding that it is in the sick we see people created in the likeness of God.He also warn the faithful against talking negatively or discouraging the sick.He said that the sick need love and care.
on the sacrament of anointing of the sick,the Bishop said it is for the living.He cautioned from people taking the sacrament of the sick as a bad omen.He said the sacrament of the sick is for those in danger of death.it doesn’t mean that one will die after anointing. The sacrament of the sick is meant to strengthen spiritually and physically.The bishop therefore encouraged the faithful to always ask for the Sacrament of the sick however they should not exaggerate in the request for the sacrament due to physiological fear.
“Be Ambassadors of early testing” the bishop said encouraging people to go for medical check up at least once a year.He said this will prevent risk and also make people aware of their health conditions .He encouraged people to be tested for cancer,HIV and tests for other diseases.