The whole Philippines is celebrating Pope Francis visit in our country. I honor Pope Francis faith in Jesus and his humility. Filipino people admire him and look up to him, but he never think highly of himself, even he is a Pope he depends on God’s amazing grace, a very good example for us to follow. “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3.
Pope Francis message is clear, he is pointing us back to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:2 “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Here are some excerpts from his homily in Tacloban today.
We have a high priest who is capable of sympathizing with our weaknesses. Jesus is like us. Jesus lived like us and is the same us in every respect, except sin because he was not a sinner. But to be more like us he assumed our condition and our sin. He made himself into sin. This is what St Paul tells us. And Jesus always goes before us and when we pass an experience, a cross, he passed there before us. And if today we find ourselves here 14 months afterwards, 14 months precisely after the Typhoon Yolanda hit, it is because we have the security of knowing we will not weaken in our faith because Jesus has been here before us. – Pope Francis
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
In his Passion he assumed all our pain. – Pope Francis
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:4
I have come to tell you that Jesus is Lord. And he never lets us down. Father – you might
say to me – I was let down because I have lost so many things, my house, my livelihood. It’s true if you say that and I respect those sentiments. But Jesus is there, nailed to the cross, and from there he does not let us down. He was consecrated as Lord on that throne and there he experienced all the calamities that we experience. Jesus is Lord. And the Lord from the cross is there for you. In everything the same as us. That is why we have a Lord who cries with us and walks with us in the most difficult moments of life. – Pope Francis
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silence and walk with you all with my silent heart. Many of you have asked the Lord – why lord? And to each of you, to your heart, Christ responds with his heart from the cross. I have no more words for you. Let us look to Christ. He is the Lord. He understands us because he underwent all the trials that we, that you, have experienced. – Pope Francis
“For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17
Let us respect a moment of silence together and look to Christ on the cross. He understands us because he endured everything. – Pope Francis
“for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:26-28
This is what comes from my heart. Forgive me if I have no other words to express myself. Please know that Jesus never lets you down. – Pope Francis
Pope’s complete submission and faith to Jesus Christ is a great example to follow. I hope and pray that Filipinos get the point. The pope leaves us with a good news, that Jesus is Lord, Jesus saves, Jesus is with us in every season, Jesus knows what we’re going through, He knows everything about us and still wants to know us more. Jesus loves us, Jesus sacrifice on the cross because He loves you and me and He desires a personal relationship with us.
You and me needs Jesus, and I want to encourage you to receive God’s grace and forgiveness right now, pray and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior by praying this prayer:
Lord I know I’ve sinned and I’m sorry. I’m sorry for every way I’ve ever hurt you or anyone else. God I repent! I want to change my life! I want to better for you. Please forgive me. God I can’t do this by myself. I failed at this life you gave me the first time I tried. Please help me God. Please help me to do this right. Please give me your Holy Spirit now that I may be alive in you. Give me Your Spirit Lord that I can have strength to please you in all things. Create in me a new heart. I devote my life to you know. Please Jesus, be my Lord and Savior forever. Amen.
Pope Francis will leave on January 19, and I pray that his message for us to “Go back, accept and seek Jesus” will be in the heart of every Filipino, even Pope Francis is not around, we’ll keep on desiring to a better and stronger Pinoy, we will love our country by respecting one another and having self-discipline and this will only be possible if we fully depend on the grace of God. As I’m blogging this, I heard from one of the priest in an ABS-CBN commercial, it’s not about Pope Francis, it’s about JESUS. Thank you Pope Francis, for sharing this good news, for inspiring us to live like Jesus and be more like Jesus. You are a blessing to many nations.
The prayer is an excerpt from Adam Hough’s book the 7 Most Powerful Prayers That Will Change Your Life.