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“In the future of the world and in the hopes of the Church there are the“ little ones ”: those who do not consider themselves better than others, who are aware of their own limits and their sins, who do not want to dominate others [...]
"The prayer of praise" was the theme of Pope Francis' catechesis at the General Audience, this Wednesday (13/01), held at the Library of the Apostolic Palace.
The Pontiff was inspired “in a critical passage from the life of Jesus” to talk about the dimension of praise. “After the first miracles and the participation of the disciples in the announcement of the Kingdom of God, the Messiah's mission is in crisis. João Batista doubts, and sends this message to him. John is in prison: "Are you the one to come, or should we wait for another one?"
João Batista “feels this anguish for not knowing if he made a mistake in the ad. There are dark moments in life, moments of spiritual nights and João is going through that moment"said the Pope." There is hostility in the villages near the lake, where Jesus had performed many prodigious signs. In that moment of disillusionment, Matthew reports a surprising event: Jesus does not raise a lament to the Father, but a hymn of joy: «I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you hid these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to the little ones». In the midst of a crisis, in the darkness of many people, like John the Baptist, Jesus blesses the Father, Jesus praises the Father ”.
First, Jesus praises the Father for what it is: «Father, Lord of heaven and earth». “Jesus rejoices in his spirit because he knows and feels that his Father is the God of the universe and, vice versa, the Lord of all that exists is Father,“ my Father ”. Praise stems from this experience of feeling "son of the Most High". Jesus feels like a son of the Most High. ”
Then, “Jesus praises the Father because prefers the little ones. It is what He himself experiences, preaching in the villages: the "knowledgeable" and the "wise" remain suspicious and closed, make calculations, while the "little ones" open up and welcome the message ". Then he added:
We too must rejoice and praise God because humble and simple people accept the Gospel. When I see simple people, humble people who go on pilgrimage to pray, who sing, who praise, people who may be missing many things, but humility makes them praise God.
“In the future of the world and in the hopes of the Church there are the“ little ones ”: those who do not consider themselves better than others, who are aware of their own limits and their sins, who do not want to dominate others, who in God the Father recognize all brothers. ”
The Pope stressed that “in that moment of apparent failure, where everything is dark, Jesus prays, praising the Father”.
His prayer leads us, also readers of the Gospel, to judge our personal defeats differently, to judge situations in which we do not clearly see the presence and action of God, when it seems that evil prevails and there is no way to stop it. Jesus, who so much recommended the prayer of supplication, precisely at the moment when he would have reason to ask the Father for explanations, on the contrary starts to praise him. It seems like a contradiction. But the truth is there.
The praise prayer is useful for us
“For whom is praise useful? For us or for God? ”Asked the Pope.
"The praise prayer is useful for us," he said. The prayer of praise “must be practiced not only when life fills us with happiness, but above all in difficult times, dark moments when the road is steep. We learned that through that climb, that tiring path, those challenging passages, we came to see a new panorama, a more open horizon ".
"Praise is like breathing pure oxygen that purifies our souls and makes us look distant, and not to remain trapped in the dark, difficult moment."
The Pontiff cited the "Song of the Brother Sun" or "of the creatures" of St. Francis of Assisi. “Pobrezinho did not compose it in a moment of joy, of well-being, but, on the contrary, in the midst of difficulties". São Francisco "was almost blind and felt in his soul the weight of a loneliness he had never felt before: the world has not changed since the beginning of his preaching, there are still those who allow themselves to be torn apart by disputes and, moreover, he hears the steps of death approaching. "" It could be the moment of extreme disillusionment and the perception of failure itself " , said the Pope, "but in that moment of sadness, in that dark moment Francis prays:" Praise be, my Lord ... ". Prays praising. Francis praises God for everything, for all the gifts of creation and even for death, which he courageously manages to call 'sister'. Sister death "." These examples of saints, Christians and also Jesus praising God in difficult times open the doors of a very great path to the Lord. They always purify us. Praise always purifies ", underlined Francisco.
“The Saints and Saints show us that we can always praise, in good and bad times, because God is the faithful Friend, this is the foundation of praise. God is the faithful Friend and his love never disappoints. He is always with us. He always awaits us. Someone said that it is the sentry near us that makes us move forward safely. In difficult and dark times, let us have the courage to say: 'Praise the Lord' and that will do us good ", concluded the Pope.
Source: Vatican News
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