Jesus’ wounds are still open on this earth. If we are to
recognize them we must come out of ourselves and reach out to our needy
brethren, to the sick, the ignorant, the poor and the exploited. Pope
Francis pointed this “exodus” out in his homily at Mass on Saturday morning,
11 May, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
“It means coming out of ourselves”, made possible by prayer,
“to the Father in the name of Jesus”. The prayer that “bores us” is always
within us, like a thought that comes and goes, but true prayer is... coming
out of ourselves made “with the intercession of Jesus, who shows his wounds
to the father”.
But how can we recognize Jesus’ wounds? How can we trust in
them if we cannot identify them? The Pope was explicit: “Unless we can come
out of ourselves towards those wounds, we shall never learn the freedom that
brings us to the other way out of ourselves, through the wounds of Jesus”.
Hence the Holy Father’s image of the two “ways out of
ourselves”. The first is “towards the wounds of Jesus, the other is towards
the wounds of our brothers and sisters. And this is the path that Jesus
wants us to take in prayer”. “If you ask anything of the Father he will give
it to you in my name” (Jn 23-28): Jesus is disarmingly clear. In these words
there is something new, the Pope said: “in my name”.
What does “in my name” mean? It is a new element that Jesus
reveals at the Ascension. Jesus, in rising to the Father, left the door
open. Not because “he forgot to close it”, but because “he himself is the
door”. He is our intercessor; so he says: “in my name”. “His wounds are his
prayer of intercession to the Father”, asking us to trust in his victory
Taking part in the Mass were H.E. Mr Juan Pablo Cafiero,
Ambassador of Argentina to the Holy See, 23 Spanish-speaking journalists,
including Fr Antonio Pelayo who concelebrated, and about 40 Vatican