Pope asks priests for 'courage' to visit, accompany, bring Eucharist to coronavirus ill

Pope asks priests for “courage” to visit, accompany, bring Eucharist to coronavirus ill

Pope Francis introduced Tuesday’s morning liturgy by asking that we pray for “all those who are sick, medical personnel, all those suffering from the coronavirus epidemic”.

He asked that we pray particularly for priests so that they might have the courage to visit those who are sick, bringing them “the strength of the Word of God and the Eucharist, to accompany” all those who are assisting those who are afflicted with the illness.

“Yesterday the word of God taught us to recognize our sins and to confess them.” Thus Pope Francis began his homily on Tuesday.

“Today,” he continued, “the Lord asks all of us sinners to dialogue with Him”.

He then continued his reflection focusing on passage from the Book of Isaiah: “Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow”.

Sin makes us hide, God wants to talk

Like Adam and Eve, we tend to hide ourselves because of the shame we feel because of the things we have done. Sin makes us close in ourselves. God calls to us to talk about it with Him instead.

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“And the Lord calls us, ‘Come on let’s talk this over’, the Lord says. Let’s talk about your sin. Let’s talk about your situation. Don’t be afraid.  No…. Come here. I’m able to change everything, the Lord says. Don’t be afraid to come and speak about it. Be courageous even before your misery.”

The Lord wants us to give Him our sins

Pope Francis then told the story about a saint who was discouraged. No matter what he did, he always felt that the Lord wasn’t satisfied. So, he asked the Lord what was missing.

“Give me your sins. That’s what’s missing”, the Lord responded, the Pope said.

The Lord changes red to white

We deceive ourselves by not speaking with the Lord, Pope Francis continued. We pretend we are not sinners. This is what the Lord reproves the Doctors of the Law for. They did everything for appearance, he said, referring to the Gospel of Matthew 23.

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“Appearance… Vanity… Covering the truth of our heart with vanity… Vanity never heals… Rather, it’s poisonous. It increases our hardness of heart. [Vanity] says, ‘Don’t go to the Lord. Remain alone’.

Vanity is a place where we close ourselves to the Lord’s call. But the invitation of the Lord is that of a father, a brother. ‘Come on. Come here. Let’s talk. In the end, I’m the one who can change your life from red to white.’”

Prayer can be real

The Pope concluded his homily, saying that the Word of the Lord shows us that our prayer can be real. We can even pray about the reality of our sins.

“The Lord knows who we are…but vanity invites us to cover that up. May the Lord help us.”

(Source: Vatican News)

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Cameron Doody

Director and editor at Novena
PhD in ancient Jewish/Christian history and philosophy. Lecturer in ethics at Loyola University Maryland, Alcalá de Henares (Spain) campus. Religion journalist with 4 years experience.
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