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Pope's Mass: praying is a bit like 'annoying' God so that he listens to us

2013-12-06

Ask and insist, without the fear to annoy, because a Christian is sure that God listens to him. That was the main idea behind Pope Francis' homily on Friday at Casa Santa Marta.

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"He can do it. When or how He will do it, we won't know. That is the reassurance of prayer. The need to say, truthfully, to the Lord: 'I am blind, Lord. I am in need. I have this sickness, I committed this sin, I have this pain.' But always with truth. Let us think if our prayer has need, and if it's sure. Need, because we say the truth ourselves, and security, because we believe the Lord can do what we ask of him.”

The Pope cited as an exampled the people who throughout the Gospel asked Jesus for help, and they received it. They, he said, never gave up, and they trusted in Him.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS
Source: Vatican Radio

Pope Francis spoke on the theme of prayer on Friday, saying when we pray it’s a bit like annoying God so that he listens to us. His remarks came during his homily at the morning mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse.

Speaking at Mass, Pope Francis said "prayer has two attitudes: it’s needy and at the same time it’s certain of the fact that God, in his own way and his own time, will answer our need." A person who prays, he continued, "doesn’t fear disturbing God and nourishes a blind faith in His love." The Pope recalled how Jesus himself taught us to pray like the annoying friend who begs for food at midnight or like the widow with the corrupt judge. Another example he quoted was the gospel account of how the lepers approached Jesus, saying to him, "if you want, you can cure us.”

"Maybe this sounds strange,” the Pope said, "but praying is a bit like annoying God so that he listens to us. He stressed the importance of praying with insistence and not giving up after the first few attempts. "Jesus said "ask” but he also said to us, "Knock at the door” and he or she who knocks at the door makes a noise, disturbs or annoys.”

Therefore, Pope Francis continued, "prayer is insisting to the point of annoyance but also with an unshakeable certainty.” Just like the blind people in the Gospel who asked Jesus to be healed and when he asked them if they believed he could cure them, they assured him they did. The Pope concluding by saying that Jesus feels our need when we pray and also feels that we are certain of his help and that we’re speaking the truth about ourselves. 


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