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Pope Francis at Santa Marta: God doesn't deny His children nor reject His paternity


During his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on David's cry over the death of his son, who had turned against him. He said it is a prophecy telling of God's love for humanity.

The pope reminded Christians that God doesn't deny His children nor reject His paternity.

POPE FRANCIS
So great is the paternal love God has for us, that He died in our place. He became man and died for us. When we look at the crucifix, let us think of this: “If I had died in Your place.”

Pope Francis then recalled how Jesus wept over Jerusalem. He said Jesus cries “because we don't let Him love us.”

EXTRACTS FROM POPE'S HOMILY

(Source: Vatican News)

“‘But why are you weeping? [they asked.] This person was against you, he had denied you, he had denied your paternity, he had insulted you, he had persecuted you. But celebrate, rejoice that you have won!’ But David [said] only, 'My son, my son, my son,' and wept. This weeping of David is a historic fact, but it is also a prophecy. It makes us see the heart of God, what God does when we turn away from Him, what the Lord does when we destroy ourselves with sin, [when we are] disoriented, lost. The Lord is a Father, and He never denies this paternity, [but says] ‘My son, my son.’”

“He became man and died for us. When we look at the crucifix, we think of this: ‘He died instead of you.’ We hear the voice of the Father who in the Son says to us, ‘My child, my child.’ God does not deny His children. He does not reject His paternity.”

It would be good in the difficult moments in our lives — and we all have them — in moments of sin, in moments when we feel far from God, to hear this voice in our hearts: ‘My son, my daughters, what are you doing? Don’t kill yourself, please. I died for you.'”

Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translation: Claudia Torres