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The Holy Father's Homily of February 24
“when Jesus heals, when he goes among the people and heals a person, he never leaves him alone.... He is not a magician, warlock, or a healer who goes and heals” and then continues on his way. Rather, he first has “everyone return to his proper place, he does not leave anyone on the road alone”.
The Pope then presented several of “the Lord’s beautiful gestures” that we find narrated in the Gospel. “We think of the little girl, Jarius’ daughter. When Jesus brings her back to life, he looks at her parents and says: give her something to eat!”. Thus he reassures the girl’s father, as if saying to him: “Your daughter is returning home, she is returning to her family”. He acted in the same way “with Lazarus, when he came out of the tomb” and with “the dead boy, whose widowed mother followed behind the coffin: the Lord raised the boy and gave him back to his mother”.
“Jesus always makes us return home, he never leaves us on the road alone”. It is a style we also find in the parables, the Pope added. Thus, for example, “the lost coin ended up in the widow’s purse with the others. And the lost sheep was brought back to the herd with the others”.
“Jesus is the son of a people; Jesus is the promise made to a people,” the Pope said. “Jesus’ gestures teach us that every healing, every act of forgiveness, always brings us back to our people, that is, to the Church”.......
Pope Francis then recalled a saying of Paul VI which is particularly dear to him: “It is absurd to love Christ without the Church, to listen to Christ but not to the Church, to follow Christ on the margins of the Church”. And he added: “Christ and the Church are one. The deepest and greatest theology speaks to us of a wedding: Christ the Bridegroom, the Church the Bride”. Thus “each time Christ calls a person, he leads him to the Church”. Just think of “a child who comes to be baptized”: he receives baptism “in Mother Church, who accompanies her children and leaves them in the hands of the other Mother of the last moments of life, our Mother and the Mother of Jesus”.
“Jesus’ tender gestures enable us to understand that our doctrine, let’s put it this way, or our following of Christ, is not an idea. It is a continual abiding at home. And if it is a possibility, and a reality, for each of us to leave home through a sin or mistake ... salvation comes in returning home: with Jesus in the Church”. Therefore, the Pope said, “through these one to one gestures of tenderness, the Lord calls us into his people, into his family: our Mother, the holy Church”......
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