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Pope's Mass: Jesus continues to pray for us

2013-10-28

October 28, 2013 (Romereports.com) During hisdaily morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about the humanity of Jesus. He encouraged people to see Jesus as a man who still prays for us.The Pope explained that through His wounds, Jesus reminds The Fatherthat He paid the ultimate price to save humanity


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"Heis the intercessor, the One who prays and prays to God with us andbefore us. Jesus has saved us, He gave us this great prayer, Hissacrifice, His life, to save us, to justify us: we are righteousthrough Him. Now He's gone, but He still prays. Some ask, is Jesus isa spirit? Jesus is not a spirit! Jesus is a person, a man, with fleshlike ours, but full of glory. Jesus has the wounds on His hands,feet, sides, and when He prays to the Father He shows the price ofjustification, praying for us, as if to say: But, Father, let thisnot be lost!” 

PopeFrancis is known for asking others to pray for him. During his Homilyhe encouraged others to do the same, explaining that it's based on aChristian attitude that turns people into brothers and sisters


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Speakingto those gathered at Casa Santa Marta for Mass, the Pope said that bypraying to God to choose his apostles, Jesus was "putting togetherhis team together” – and afterwards a great number of people cameto be with Him and to be healed by Him, because "power was comingHim and healing them all”. And he referred to three differentrapports Jesus has: "Jesus and the Father, Jesus and his Apostles,Jesus and the people”. And the Pope pointed out that "Jesusprayed to the Father for the Apostles and for the people”. 

And hesaid: he is still praying.Jesushas saved us, he said, with his prayers, with his sacrifice, with hislife. He is gone now and he continues to pray – the Pope said –but does that mean that Jesus is a spirit? Jesus – he underlined –is not a spirit! He is a person, a man with flesh like our flesh, butin the glory of God. He said Jesus has wounds on his hands, on hisfeet and on his side. And when he prays he shows the Father the priceof our salvation. Pope Francis said: "it is as if he is saying:Father, may this not be lost!”Soprayer stems from Jesus who prays and intercede for us. "We oftensay to each other: pray for me. I need prayers. I have so manyproblems”. 

And that is good – Francis pointed out – "becausewe are brothers and we must pray for each other”. Andthe Pope says he prays to Jesus to pray for him and intercede forhim.Heconcluded saying that He prays for all of us, and he does socourageously, showing the Father the price of our redemption: hiswounds.Wemust think about this and we must thankthe Lord. We must thank him for giving us a brother who prays for usand intercedes for us. And speaking to Jesus we must say: "Lord,you have saved me. And now pray for me”. "It is to him we mustentrust our problems, our life and many other things so that He maytake them to the Father”.


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