Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak over him Elisha succeeded Elijah as prophet of Israel. The prophet, like the king of Israel, was anointed by God; that is, chosen by God to proclaim his word and witness to the Covenant. This election was signified by the lavish pouring of oil on the head of the anointed by God. Each one of us who has been baptized in the Catholic Church was anointed, too, with chrism oil, signifying that each of us has been chosen by God from time immemorial to be his child and to proclaim his unconditional love through word and witness.
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