The good lawyer
In his homily at Santa Marta Pope Francis reflected on the certainty that “Jesus prays for us”, considering the day’s readings from the Gospel of John (17:1-11) and the Acts of the Apostles (20:17-27). We have the best defense lawyer on our side, who “does not speak much but loves” and who “in this very moment” is praying for each of us, showing “his wounds to the Father” to remind him of “the price he paid to save us”.
“I pray for them, I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours” (Jn 17:1-11). But the liturgy, the Holy Father pointed out, also presents another “farewell discourse” to us in the first reading, wherein from Miletus, St Paul sends for the elders of the Church in Ephesus to bid them farewell (Acts 20:17-27).
St Paul tells them that he does not know his destiny: “except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that that imprisonment and hardships await me”. The story continues with the account [from the following day’s reading from Acts 20:37-38] that they “were all weeping loudly and they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him, for they were deeply distressed that he had said that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship”. Paul, however, encouraged them to go forward, to preach the Gospel, and not to tire.
Even Jesus’ talk — noted the Pope — is “a farewell discourse, before going to Gethsemane to begin the passion”. And “the disciples were saddened” because of this. But “a small phrase from Jesus’ words of farewell make us think”, he explained. Jesus, in fact, “talks to the Father, and in this conversation he says: ‘I pray for them’”. So “Jesus prays for us”. A fact that may seem “a bit strange”, because “we think it is right to pray to Jesus, and that Jesus gives us grace. But Jesus prays for us! Jesus who prays, Jesus the man-God who prays! And he prays for us: he prays for me, he prays for you, and for each one of us”.
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