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Pope Francis: the Sacrament is not a 'magic rite,' but an encounter with Jesus

2013-09-24

During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained why God wanted to directly take part in history beside mankind, and why he has always accompanied all people during good and bad moments. He also explained why that should be an example of humility. 

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"Humility. God always waits. God is next to us, God walks with us, He is humble: He always waits for us. This is God's humility. And the Church sings with joy God's humility that always accompanies us, in the same way we have done with the Psalm. We go with joy to the House of the Lord. We go with joy because He accompanies us, He is with us… and the Lord Jesus, even in our personal lives, accompanies us with the Sacraments. The Sacrament is not a magic rite: it is an encounter with Jesus Christ; we encounter the Lord – it is He who is beside us and accompanies us.”

The Pope invited the people attending Mass to let God write the history of each person. 


EXCERPTS FROM POPE'S SPEECH
(Source: Vatican Radio)

"Be it in hard times, or in beautiful times, one thing is always certain: the Lord is there. He will never abandon His flock! Because the Lord, on the day of the sin, the first sin, made a decision, He made a choice: to make a History with his People. God, who has no History because He is eternal, desired to make History by walking alongside His people. But even more than that, He decided to become one of us, and as one of us, to walk with us through Jesus. And this speaks to us, it tells us of God's humility.

"Humility. God always waits. God is next to us, God walks with us, He is humble: He always waits for us. This is God's humility. And the Church sings with joy God's humility that always accompanies us, in the same way we have done with the Psalm. We go with joy to the House of the Lord. We go with joy because He accompanies us, He is with us… and the Lord Jesus, even in our personal lives, accompanies us with the Sacraments. The Sacrament is not a magic rite: it is an encounter with Jesus Christ; we encounter the Lord – it is He who is beside us and accompanies us.

And if He has entered into our History, let us enter also into the History of Him. Or at least let us ask Him for the grace to allow us to write His History: that He writes our History. That is for sure.”


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