Here’s a little tweak on the part of my lesson scheduled for tonight that focuses on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and the healing effect of oil. I planned to show the healing effect that baby oil can have on a dried leaf. On my way to the train last week, I picked up a few dead leaves to bring home and allowed them to dry out for a day. Of course they all got very “crisp” which is what I wanted. However, when I tried to put baby oil on one of them, the leaf simply crumbled. So, instead I went to plan B and I soaked a leaf in baby oil for a few days. Now, it is pliable. So, tonight I plan to invite one of the children to come forward and I’ll explain that I picked up these 2 dead leaves last week, allowed them to dry out, and “treated” one of them with baby oil. I’ll have the volunteer pick up the dried leaf and crush it in his/her hand (it will break into a million pieces). Then, I’ll have the volunteer do the same with the treated leaf. While it will still crack in a few places, it will generally hold together.
I want to use this to show the healing effect that oil can have and explain that in the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the oil symbolizes the healing effect of Jesus’ grace.
Do you know of any other ways of demonstrating the healing effect of oil?