Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Praying is a bit like annoying God," it "is drawing God's eyes, drawing God's heart toward us", in the certainty that what we ask will be listened to , even if "we don't know when or how He will do it". Today's Gospel of the two blind men who shout to Jesus to be healed, was the focus of Pope Francis homily at Mass in Casa Santa Marta.
Vatican Radio reports the Pope recalled how Jesus himself taught us to pray like the annoying friend who begs for food at midnight or like the widow with the corrupt judge. "Maybe this sounds strange," the Pope said, "but praying is a bit like annoying God so that he listens to us. But the Lord says, like the friend at midnight, like the widow and the judge ... it " is drawing God's eyes, drawing God's heart toward us... And this is what those lepers did who came to him: ' If you want, you can heal us!'. They did it with some confidence . Thus, Jesus teaches us to pray. When we pray, we think sometimes: ' yes, I need this, I ask the Lord once, twice, three times, but not so strongly. Then I get tired of asking and I forget to ask .' These shouted out and they never tired of shouting. "Jesus tells us: 'Ask ', but he also tells us: 'Knock on the door', and those who knock on the door make noise, they disturb, annoy".
But with the certainty of
the blind men from the Gospel. "They are confident in asking the Lord to
be healed" , because at Jesus' question of whether they believe that He
can heal them , they answer , "Yes, Lord, we believe! We are certain
"Prayer has these two attitudes: it is in needy and certain" because "when we ask for something, we are in need", "but also , when it is true, it is certain: ' Listen to me I think you can do it because you promised".
"He has promised ." "With this certainty , we tell the Lord our needs, but certain He can fulfill them". To pray is to hear Jesus ask the question of the two blind men : "Do you believe I can do this? " . "He can do it. When and how we do not know. This is the certainty of prayer. The need to say with truth, to the Lord. 'I am blind, Lord I need this . I have this disease. I have this sin. I have this pain ... ' , but always the truth, of how things really are. And he hears our need , but we ask that he feels that we seek his intervention with certainty . Let us think if our prayer is needy and certain: needy, in so far as we tell ourselves the truth and certain because we believe that the Lord can do what we ask . "