Father Stefan reflects on Pope Francis ‘Joy of the Gospel’ The Spiritual savior of being a people

Pope Francis writes, “Jesus himself in the model of evangelization which bring us to the very heart of his people. How good it is for us to contemplate the closeness which he shows to everyone! If he speaks to someone, he looks into their eyes with deep love and concern: ‘Jesus, looking upon him, loved him.’ (Mk 10: 21) We see how accessible he is, as he draws near the blind man (Mk 10:46-52) and eats and drinks with sinners (Mk 2:16) without worrying about being though a glutton and a drunkard himself. (Mt 11:19) We see his sensitivity in allowing a sinful woman to anoint his feet (Lk 7:36-50) and in receiving Nicodemus by night. (Jn 3;1-15)…Sometimes we are tempted to be that kind of Christian who keeps the Lord’s wounds at arm’s length. Yet Jesus wants us to touch human misery, to touch the suffering flesh of others… Whenever we encounter another person in Love, we learn something new about God.”

Jesus said to Saint Faustina, “I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinner will attain justification,and the just will be confirmed in good. Whoever places his trust in My Mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death. My daughter, do not tire of proclaiming My mercy. In this way you will refresh this Heart of Mine, which burns with a flame of pity for sinners. Tell my priests that hardened sinners will repent on hearing these words, when they will speak about my unfathomable mercy, about the compassion I have for them in My heart. To priests who will proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power, and I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they speak.”(1520-21)

Jesus in his mercy draws close to suffering humanity. Jesus came to touch and heal suffering humanity. Jesus’ Mercy is most evident when He dies on the cross for us. Jesus places each of us in His Heart. We are to place the suffering members of Christ Body in our hearts. In touching the suffering we are touching the suffering Christ. When we have allow our hearts to be transformed by the Mercy of Jesus we will touch the hearts of those to whom we speak.

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