Pope tells story of bishop who felt ‘unworthy’

 

https://i2.wp.com/www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2013/03/03626100.jpgPope Francis told the story of a man who felt ashamed of being a bishop to say that people should not worry of being sinners but should concentrate on allowing Jesus to transform them.

“He was ashamed because he did not feel worthy, he had a spiritual torment and he went to the confessor,” Pope Francis said at his May 17 daily Mass.

“The confessor heard him and said, ‘but do not worry, if after the mess Peter made of things, they made him Pope, then you go ahead!’” he recalled.

The Pope delivered his homily on the Gospel reading from John 21, which tells the story of Jesus asking Peter if he loved him three separate times.

According to the pontiff, people should try harder to encounter Jesus rather than focus on their own sins.

“Many times, we look the other way because we do not want to talk with the Lord or allow ourselves to encounter the Lord,” he stated.

“Meeting the Lord is important, but more importantly, let us be met by the Lord, this is a grace,” he added.

“Peter let himself be shaped by his many encounters with Jesus,” the Pope noted, “and this is something we all need to do as well, for we are on the same road.”

“Peter is great, not because he is good, but because he has a nobility of heart, which brings him to tears, leads him to this pain, this shame and also to take up his work of shepherding the flock,” he remarked.

The pontiff noted “the problem is not that we are sinners: the problem is not repenting of sin; not being ashamed of what we have done, that’s the problem.”

“The Lord makes us mature with many meetings with Him, even with our weaknesses, when we recognize them with our sins,” Pope Francis said.

“The point is that this is how the Lord is, that’s the way He is,” he said.

Referring back to the Gospel reading, Pope Francis said the questions Jesus posed to Peter are “a dialogue of love between the Lord and his disciple.”

He explained that the narration goes back to the history of Peter’s meetings with Jesus, from his invitation to follow the Lord, to his receiving the name of the Rock, “a mission which was there, even if Peter understood nothing of it at the time.”

“Peter was saddened that, for a third time, Jesus asked him, ‘do you love me?’” said Pope Francis.

Peter was a great man, the Holy Father remarked, but he was also a sinner and this question made him feel “pain” and “shame.”

“The Lord makes him feel that he is a sinner, makes us all feel that we are sinners,” but this shame and humility “brings him to a new encounter with Jesus” and “to the joy of forgiveness,” the Pope preached.

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One Response to Pope tells story of bishop who felt ‘unworthy’

  1. As I see it, with my scant knowledge of claiming to be able to see the light from the darkness, I am sure that like me, no one can explain where Pope Francis gets the courage or the ability to give voice to his profound thoughts. After thinking for a long time about this phenomenon called Pope Francis, I am left with only one deep conviction and conclusion. This is no ordinary man; Someone who is old and fragile, and that too, with only one lung to breathe in the air of life, not even considered to be the front runner in the race for the Papacy, suddenly comes from nowhere to lead us. If this is not Divine intervention or the power and blessing of the HOLY SPIRIT, then what other human explanation can there be ???
    I am sure that Pope Francis is the dawn of a new and Holier Church of Christ. After all JESUS did not die that horrible death to found a Church, a way of life, of hope and love, just to have it mutilated and destroyed by some bad clergy.
    Slowly but surely, Pope Francis is getting the message across, that all this skullduggery, that is going on has to stop. At first, as I see it, he is trying preaching by example, and coaxing these wily guys to give up their evil ways. After this method fails, as I pray it will not, he probably will crack the whip. So my dear fellow Catholics let us hope and pray, that what I have just said comes true; we do have the backing and support of the HOLY SPIRIT !!!

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