Pope's Mass: Jesus continues to pray for us
October 28, 2013 (Romereports.com) During his daily 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 Father that He paid the ultimate price to save humanity.
"He is the intercessor, the One who prays and prays to God with us and before us. Jesus has saved us, He gave us this great prayer, His sacrifice, His life, to save us, to justify us: we are righteous through Him. Now He's gone, but He still prays. Some ask, is Jesus is a spirit? Jesus is not a spirit! Jesus is a person, a man, with flesh like 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 of justification, praying for us, as if to say: But, Father, let this not be lost!â?
Pope Francis is known for asking others to pray for him. During his Homily he encouraged others to do the same, explaining that it's based on a Christian attitude that turns people into brothers and sisters.
EXCERPT FROM POPE'S HOMILY
Source: Vatican Radio
Speaking to those gathered at Casa Santa Marta for Mass, the Pope said that by praying to God to choose his apostles, Jesus was "putting together his team togetherâ? â?? and afterwards a great number of people came to be with Him and to be healed by Him, because "power was coming Him and healing them allâ?. And he referred to three different rapports Jesus has: "Jesus and the Father, Jesus and his Apostles, Jesus and the peopleâ?. And the Pope pointed out that "Jesus prayed to the Father for the Apostles and for the peopleâ?.
And he said: he is still praying. Jesus has saved us, he said, with his prayers, with his sacrifice, with his life. He is gone now and he continues to pray â?? the Pope said â?? but does that mean that Jesus is a spirit? Jesus â?? he underlined â?? is not a spirit! He is a person, a man with flesh like our flesh, but in the glory of God. He said Jesus has wounds on his hands, on his feet and on his side. And when he prays he shows the Father the price of our salvation. Pope Francis said: "it is as if he is saying: Father, may this not be lost!â? So prayer stems from Jesus who prays and intercede for us. "We often say to each other: pray for me. I need prayers. I have so many problemsâ?.
And that is good â?? Francis pointed out â?? "because we are brothers and we must pray for each otherâ?. And the Pope says he prays to Jesus to pray for him and intercede for him. He concluded saying that He prays for all of us, and he does so courageously, showing the Father the price of our redemption: his wounds. We must think about this and we must thank the Lord. We must thank him for giving us a brother who prays for us and intercedes for us. And speaking to Jesus we must say: "Lord, you have saved me. And now pray for meâ?. "It is to him we must entrust our problems, our life and many other things so that He may take them to the Fatherâ?.