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Rediscover how to draw near to others

· Celebrating the World Day of the Sick in the Holy Land ·

The work of doctors and nurses is not just a profession but above all a service. Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, explained the vocation of those in the medical profession in the Holy See Press Office on Thursday morning, 28 January, during the presentation of the 24th World Day of the Sick which will be celebrated in Nazareth from 6-13 February. 

Recalling the theme of Pope Francis’ message (Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5), which was published in September 2015, Archbishop Zimowski noted the importance of the location of the celebrations. In his message, the Pope proposed a meditation on the Gospel passage regarding the Wedding at Cana “where Jesus performs his first miracle through the intercession of his mother”.

Francis also recalled the importance of how Jesus draws near to the sick and suffering. Archbishop Zimowski pointed to the example from the Gospel of Matthew when a sick man rises from his bed at the summons of Christ. “This is one of many examples”, he said. “In fact the entire Gospel is full of similar events”. The words of the Evangelist Mark also recall the miracles of healing which Jesus performed. “We, too, are constantly called. In a certain sense, each one of us is called in a different way”. At times, the Archbishop explained, “we are intimidated by the fact that we cannot ‘heal’, that we cannot help like Jesus. Let us try to overcome this embarrassment”. It is important, he said, “to be near to those who are suffering. Perhaps more than healing they need the presence of others, of the human heart which is full of mercy and of solidarity”.

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