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Pope at Santa Marta: We cannot worship Jesus without accusing ourselves

2016-10-20

In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, the pope said that in order to know Christ, one cannot only follow him, prayer is also necessary.  

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"We cannot worship without accusing ourselves. In order to enter into this bottomless and boundless sea that is the mystery of Jesus Christ, this thing is necessary. (Firstly), prayer:  ‘Father, send me the Holy Spirit so that he leads me to know Jesus.’  Secondly, worship the mystery, enter into the mystery and worship Him. And thirdly, accuse ourselves. ‘I am a man of unclean lips.’

The pope concluded his homily underlining the importance of worship and acknowledging one's own sins in order to better understand the mystery of Jesus Christ.

EXCERPTS FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)

"Christ is present in the Gospel and we know Christ by reading the Gospel. And all of us do this, at least we hear the Gospel when we go to Mass. And studying the Catechism teaches us who Christ is. But this is not enough. In order to understand the breadth and length and height and depth of Jesus Christ we need to take up the habit, firstly, of praying, as Paul did on his knees: "Father send me the Holy Spirit to know Jesus.”

"We cannot know the Lord without this habit of worship, to worship in silence, adoration. If I am not mistaken, I believe that this prayer of adoration is the least known by us, it’s the one that we do least. Allow me to say this, spend time in front of the Lord, in front of the mystery of Jesus Christ. Worship him. There, in silence, the silence of adoration. He is the Saviour and I worship Him.”

"We cannot worship without accusing ourselves. In order to enter into this bottomless and boundless sea that is the mystery of Jesus Christ, this is necessary. (Firstly), prayer:  ‘Father, send me the Holy Spirit so that he leads me to know Jesus.’  Secondly, worship the mystery, enter into the mystery and worship Him. And thirdly, accuse ourselves. ‘I am a man of unclean lips.’ May the Lord give us too this grace that Paul implored for the Ephesians, this grace to know and earn Christ.”