At the general audience every week, Pope Francis said Jesus showed us that we must pray early, often and in silence, and called on everyone to pray for those with Covid’s illness. -19 and medical staff working to treat them.
By Devin Watkins
Pope Francis commenced the Fourth General Meeting, noting that this “very sorry” event had to be held again in the library of the Apostolic Palace without the presence of members. .
He called it a reminder of the importance of respecting the directives given by political and medical institutions.
He also invites everyone to pray for the Covid-19 sick and for the medical staff who are trying to treat them.
“Let’s give God this distance between ourselves, for the benefit of all,” he said. “And let’s think often of the sick people, who have been left behind. Let’s think of the doctors, nurses, volunteers, and so many people working with people. sick right now, those who risk their lives but do it their love, vocation, and love for their neighbor. Let’s pray for them. “
After that, the Pope continues his catechesis on Jesus’ example of prayer.
“Jesus’ prayer is a mysterious reality in which we learn only something, but allow us to explain His entire mission from a right point of view.”
Jesus often immersed himself in intimacy with God the Father, “in the Love which all souls desire,” the Pope added.
The rudder guides his course
Pope Francis focuses his reflection on a passage in Mark’s Gospel (1: 32,34-38), in which Jesus heals many sick people late one evening before getting up early to pray in a deserted place. me.
After the disciples found Jesus to say that the entire village of Capernaum was looking for Him, Jesus declared that He must also preach to other cities.
“Prayer is the driving wheel for Jesus.”
This means, the Pope said, that Jesus let God guide His way, not the desires and ridicule of others.
He goes on to learn four lessons from Jesus’ prayerful witness.
Daybreak of the day
As Pope Francis said, Jesus teaches us above all that prayer must be “the first desire of the day”.
“A day of living without prayer risks turning into an unpleasant or tedious experience: everything that happens to us can turn into a bad and blind fate.”
However, Jesus indicated the need to obey and listen, for prayer is primarily an “encounter with God.”
“So the problems of everyday life do not become an obstacle, but a call from God himself to listen and meet those who are before us.”
Second, the Pope said, Jesus taught us that prayer is an art that must be practiced “with determination.”
While anyone can pray infrequently, Jesus reminded us that prayer requires constant discipline, practice, and effort.
“Consistent prayer produces a progressive transformation that strengthens us in times of need, gives us the grace to be supported by the One who loves us and protects us.”
Alone and silent
Third, Jesus’ prayers are always alone.
“Prayers do not escape from the world, but prefer secluded places.”
Pope Francis says in the silence of prayer our deepest desires and truths come to light.
But most importantly, he added, silence is where God speaks. “Each person needs a private space to cultivate inner life, where action finds meaning.”
Come and go in God
Finally, Pope Francis said, the prayer as Jesus taught is where we see that “everything comes from God and returns to Him.. “
He notes that prayer helps us to rediscover “the right direction in our relationship with God, with our Father, and with all creation.”
The Pope concludes that peace and joy are what we will find if we follow Jesus’ example of prayer.