· The Pope's Mass at Santa Marta ·
Jesus’ wounds are still present on this earth. If we are to recognize them we must come out of ourselves and reach out to our needy brethren, to the sick, the ignorant, the poor and the exploited. Pope Francis pointed out this “exodus” in his homily at Mass on Saturday morning, 11 May, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
“It means coming out of ourselves”, made possible by prayer, “to the Father in the name of Jesus”. Instead the prayer that “bores us” is “always within us, like a thought that comes and goes, but true prayer is... an exodus from ourselves towards the Father, made “with the intercession of Jesus”.
But how can we recognize Jesus’ wounds? How can we trust in them if we cannot identify them? The Pope was explicit: “Unless we can come out of ourselves towards those wounds, we shall never learn the freedom that brings us to the other way out of ourselves, through the wounds of Jesus”.
Hence the Holy Father’s image of the two “ways out of ourselves”: the first is “towards the wounds of Jesus, the other is towards the wounds of our brothers and sisters. And this is the path that Jesus wants us to take in prayer”. “If you ask anything of the Father he will give it to you in my name” (Jn 23-28): Jesus is disarmingly clear. In these words there is something new, the Pope said: “in my name”.
What does “in my name” mean? It is a new element which Jesus reveals at the Ascension. Jesus, in rising to the Father, left the door open. Not because “he forgot to close it”, but because “he himself is the door”. It is he, our intercessor; so he says: “in my name”. In our prayers let us ask the Father in Jesus’ name: “Look at your Son and do this for me!”.
Taking part in the Mass were H.E. Mr Juan Pablo Cafiero, Ambassador of Argentine to the Holy See, 23 Spanish-speaking journalists, including Fr Antonio Pelayo who concelebrated, and about 40 Vatican Gendarmes.
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