POPE FRANCIS: IN SANTA MARTA, TO MEET JESUS YOU NEED TO FEEL HIS WOUNDS

The "path to meeting Jesus-God is His wounds. There are no others". This was stated by the Pope, who in his sermon at Mass officiated this morning in Santa Marta commented the Gospel proposed by the liturgy for the Day of St Thomas the Apostle. Thomas, Pope Francis said, "was stubborn", but "he saw the Lord, he was called to put his finger in the wound made by the nails" and "he was the first disciple" to make "the confession of Christ’s divine nature after the Resurrection". If you want to touch the living God – the Pope stated –, you "need no refresher course", you need to get into Jesus’ wounds, and that’s why you "only have to get out in the streets". Jesus’ wounds, the Pope explained, "you can find them when you do charity work, when you give to the wounded body of your brother because he is hungry, because he is thirsty, because he has no clothes, because he has been humiliated, because he has been enslaved, because he is in jail, because he is in hospital. Those are Jesus’ wounds today". If we "just make a foundation", the Pope warned, "then we will just be philanthropic": "We need to feel Jesus’ wounds, we need to stroke Jesus’ wounds, we need to tenderly nurse Jesus’ wounds, we need to kiss Jesus’ wounds. We think, what happened to St Francis when he hugged the leper? The same as happened to Thomas: his life changed!".

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