“Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed David in the presence of his brothers; and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.’”
1 Sm 16:13a
“The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went there and washed and was able to see.”
What does it mean for us to be “anointed?” At the most basic level, being anointed means being smeared with oil (or another substance).
We hear about two anointings this weekend. The first anointing is Samuel anointing David. David is chosen by God to be the king of Israel. Samuel follows the Lord’s instructions and anoints David, marking him as God’s chosen one. With this anointing, David is given a mission – to lead God’s people. He is also given all that he needs to accomplish that mission – the Holy Spirit! Like David, we have been anointed by God. We are anointed in our baptism and confirmation. We have been chosen by God. We have each been given a mission to transform the world. We have also been given God’s Spirit to empower us to accomplish that mission.
We also hear about the man born blind. Jesus anoints this man and empowers him to see. As a result of this anointing, the man testifies to the truth of who Jesus is, even in the face of persecution.
Our baptism and confirmation empower us to witness to the truth of Jesus in the midst of hostility and resistance. Like the man born blind, the resistance we encounter can deepen our faith. Through our anointing we can say, with the man born blind, “I do believe, Lord,” and come to worship Jesus (Jn 9:38).
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood