Tuesday, October 22, 2013
October 22, 2013. (Romereports.com) Pope Francis spoke about the mystery of God during his homily at the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta. He said that God challenges Christians by “meddling” in their lives. He added that it's something that can only be understood by contemplation in prayer.
“The image that comes to my mind is that of a nurse in a hospital who heals our wounds, one at a time. Just like God, who gets involved and meddles in our miseries, He gets close to our wounds and heals them with His hands. And to actually have hands, He became man.”
Pope Francis also recalled that God did not save humanity by decree, but rather with his own life.
EXCERPT FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY
Source: Vatican Radio
“One man created sin, Francis explained, and one man saved us. God is close, he is close to our history. From the very first moment when he chose our father, Abraham, he walked with His people. And Jesus himself had a craftsman’s job: a worker who uses his hands. The image that comes to mind is that of a nurse in a hospital who heals our wounds, one at a time. Just like God who gets involved, who meddles in our miseries, He gets close to our wounds and heals them with his hands. And to actually have hands, He became man. So God saves us not only by decree: He saves us with tenderness and with caresses. He saves us with His life for us.”
“Where sins abound, grace abounds. Each of us knows his miseries and knows how they abound. But God’s challenge is to defeat them and heal the wounds as Jesus did with His superabundance of grace and love. Those who are closest to the heart of Jesus are sinners, because He goes to look for them, calls them and heals them, while those who are in good health do not need a doctor: 'I have come to heal, to save.'”
“But how can we be wary of a God who is so close, so good, who prefers the sinful heart? This mystery is not easy to understand with intelligence, but with the help of these three words: 'contemplation, proximity and abundance,' because God always wins with the superabundance of his grace, with His tenderness, with His wealth of mercy.”