Pope Francis: The injuries of Christ bathe our distress with mercy.
At every mass we worship and kiss the wounded and risen body of Christ in the Eucharist, a channel of his mercy, said Pope Francis on the Sunday of the Divine Mercy.
The Pope offered mass on April 11th in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, reflecting on the apparitions of Jesus to his disciples between his resurrection and his ascent after wounds.
"His wounds are open channels between him and us that take pity on our misery," said Francis. “His wounds are the ways God has opened up for us to enter into his tender love and actually“ touch ”who he is. Let us never doubt his mercy again. "
"When we worship and kiss his wounds, we find that in his tender love all our weaknesses are accepted," continued the Pope. “This happens at every mass at which Jesus offers us his wounded and resurrected body. We touch him and he touches our lives. He makes heaven come down to us. His shining wounds dispel the darkness we carry within. "
He said, “Like Thomas, we discover God; We recognize how close he is to us and we are moved to exclaim “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Everything comes from grace, mercy. "
Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday with several priests who were appointed “Missionaries of Mercy” during the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016.
Around 80 people were invited to the Pope's mass, including a group of inmates from three prisons in Rome: Regina Caeli, Rebibbia-Frau and Casal del Marmo.
Also present were nurses from the nearby S. Spirito Hospital in Sassia, as well as people with disabilities, a family of migrants from Argentina and young refugees from Syria, Nigeria and Egypt.
Sisters of the Hospitaller Sisters of Mercy and civil defense volunteers also took part in the Pope's mass.
"I offer a special greeting to you who are present here in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, the Shrine of the Divine Mercy," said the Pope at the end of the mass.
“They represent some of the situations in which mercy is made tangible. It becomes closeness, service and care for people in trouble, ”he said. "I hope you will always feel that you have been granted mercy in order to be merciful to others."
Before Francis recited Regina Coeli, which was prayed during Easter, Francis said: "May the Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, obtain this grace for us all."
After that, Pope Francis greeted each person individually before returning to the Vatican.
Santo Spirito in Sassia is located near St. Peter's Church and is Rome's official Shrine of Divine Mercy.
Originally built as a hospital chapel, the 16th century church was transformed into a center of spirituality of the Divine Mercy in 1994 at the request of Pope Saint John Paul II. In a side chapel there is a large copy of the painting of the Divine Mercy Christ and relics of St. Faustina Kowalska and St. Pope John Paul II
In his sermon on Sunday, Pope Francis said that because God in His abundant mercy has forgiven us, we must show the same mercy to others.
“Do you want proof that God touched your life? See if you can bend down to tie the wounds of others, ”the Pope said in a sermon on April 11th.
"Today is the day to ask," Am I, who have so often received God's peace, his mercy and mercy towards others? Do I, who have so often been fed by the body of Jesus, try to relieve the hunger of the poor? "
"Let us not remain indifferent," urged Pope Francis, explaining that a faith that receives but does not give becomes dry, sterile and sentimental.
“Now that we have received mercy, let us become merciful,” he said, “let us be renewed through the peace, forgiveness, and wounds of the merciful Jesus. Let us ask for the grace to be witnesses of mercy. Only in this way will our faith be alive and our lives united. Only in this way can we proclaim the gospel of God, which is the gospel of mercy. "
The Pope also spoke about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession.
"Let us ask for the grace to accept this gift and accept the sacrament of forgiveness," he said. “And to understand that confession is not about ourselves and our sins, but about God and his mercy. Let us not confess to humiliation, but to be resurrected. We all urgently need it. "
"Like little children who have to be picked up by their fathers when they fall, we need that," he explained.
“We also fall frequently. And our father's hand is ready to get us back on our feet and let us move on. That sure and trustworthy hand is a confession. "
He reminded them that after receiving the mercy of Christ, the disciples became merciful again. The Acts of the Apostles says, “Nobody has claimed private ownership of any property, but everything they owned was held together,” he said.
"This is not communism," emphasized Francis, "but pure Christianity." The same disciples who previously argued about who was greatest among them now share everything.
“How have you changed so much? They now saw the same compassion in others that had changed their own lives, ”he said. "They discovered that they shared the mission, forgiveness, and body of Jesus, and so it seemed natural to share their earthly possessions."
Francis pointed out the verse that says, "There was no needy person among them."
"Their fears were allayed by touching the Lord's wounds, and now they are no longer afraid to heal the wounds of the needy," he said. “Because they see Jesus there. Because Jesus is there in the wounds of the needy. "