“Go back and see how God saved us, look back – heart and soul – and reach Jesus” -, this is how Pope Francis has opened the celebration of the morning homily in the chapel of St. Martha’s House today, with a hint to faith intended as a journey a Christian must always remember.
The Pope has addressed a topic on which he had already touched many times in the past, taking cue from a passage of the First Reading, in which Paul enters a synagogue in Antioch on a Saturday and starts proclaiming the Gospel from the very beginning of the chosen people, Abraham and Moses, to ‘Egypt, the promised Land, and finally Jesus. A “historic preaching” that is crucial because – the Pope said – it allows us to remember the highlights, the signs of God’s presence in human life.
“Jesus Himself, in the greatest moment of his life – during Supper on Thursday and Friday – gave us His Body and His Blood, and said: ‘Do this in remembrance of me’. The memory of Jesus. Remembering how God saved us ” – thus Bergoglio has focused on the concept of “memory”, an exercise that is good for every Christian because “remembering, preserving memories from our own lives and journey” helps us to “get to another meeting, the one with gratitude.”
From our hearts – Pope Francis goes on -, a “thank you” to Jesus must be born because He never stops walking at our side, “in our story”. “How many times – Francis reminds – we have closed the door on Him, how many times have we pretended not to see Him, not to believe that He was with us. How many times have we rejected His salvation… Yet, He was there.”
“Memories bring us closer to God – the Pope says -. I will simply recommend you the following: preserve your memories! How has my life been, how has my day been today or how has this last year been for me? Memories. How has my relationship with the Lord been so far? Memory of the beautiful and great things the Lord has done in the lives of each of us”.