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2016-06-15

(ONLY VIDEO) During the general audience, the Pope explained the miraculous healing that Jesus performed on a blind man.

He said that, like so many people suffering some kind of disadvantage today, such as refugees, this blind man had been pushed aside by society. He lived as an outcast on the outskirts. Jesus, however, placed him in the middle of the crowd and humbly asked him what he could do for him. Pope Francis said that this was the example that today's society must continue.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATEQUESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In our continuing catechesis for this Holy Year of Mercy, we now consider Jesus’ miracle of restoring sight to a blind man on the way to Jericho (Lk 18:35-43).  The blind man, forced to beg for a living, can represent all those disadvantaged persons who, even today, find themselves on the periphery of our societies.  The prosperous city of Jericho, for its part, evokes the conquest of the Promised Land and Moses’ stern warning that, once settled, God’s People were not to harden their hearts or be blind to the presence of those in need (cf. Dt 15).  Unlike the crowd, Jesus does not ignore the blind man or try to silence his cries.  He stops, turns the eyes of all to the blind man, and, acknowledging his faith, restores his sight.  Saint Luke tells us that the man, now healed, became a disciple of Jesus.  Not only, but the crowd too now sees; their eyes are opened to the meaning of this encounter of mercy, and they give praise to God (v. 43).  During this Jubilee of Mercy may we too open our eyes and hearts to God’s love for the poor and to the gift of healing that he offers to all who turn to him in faith.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden, Syria, Israel, Zambia, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Canada and the United States of America.  With prayerful good wishes. that the present Jubilee of Mercy will be a moment of grace and spiritual renewal for you and your families, I invoke upon all of you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.


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