Watch: Pope prays for those who provide public services

Source: Vatican News

During Sunday morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis prayed for those who are sick and suffering. Then he asked those present to pray with him especially "for all those who are working to guarantee public services: in pharmacies, supermarkets, transportation, police officers…so that social and civil life can go ahead."

In his homily on the day's Gospel, Pope Francis described Jesus' meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well as a "dialogue, an historical dialogue. It's not a parable. It happened," he said.

Jesus meets a woman, a sinner and "for the first time in the Gospel, Jesus manifests His identity. He manifests it to a sinner who has the courage to tell Him the truth." And based on that truth, "she went to proclaim Jesus. 'Come. Perhaps He's the Messiah, because He told me everything that I have done'. "

The Pope went on to explain that it was not through the theoretical debate about whether God should be worshipped on this or that mountain that the woman discovers Jesus's true identity. Rather, the woman discovers that He is the Messiah because "of her truth" which sanctifies and justifies her.

"That's what the Lord uses - her truth - to proclaim the Gospel. One cannot be a disciple of Jesus without one's own truth. …This woman had the courage to dialogue with Jesus. Because these two peoples did not dialogue with each other. She had the courage to interest herself in Jesus's proposal, in that water, because she knew she was thirsty. She had the courage of confessing her weakness and her sins.

Furthermore, the Samaritan woman's courage led her to "use her own story as the guarantee that that that man was a prophet," he said.

"The Lord always wants transparent dialogue without hiding things, without duplicitous intentions. Just as it is. I can speak with the Lord this way, just as I am with my own truth. Thus, from my own truth with the strength of the Holy Spirit, I will find the truth - that the Lord is the saviour, the One who came to save me and to save us."

Because the dialogue between the Samaritan woman and Jesus was so transparent, the Pope said she was then able to proclaim "Jesus' Messianic reality" which brought "the conversion of that people…. It's the time of the harvest," Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis concluded his homily with a prayer:

"May the Lord grant us the grace of praying always in truth, to turn to the Lord with my own truth and not with the others' truth, not with truth that's been distilled in debates…. 'It's true, I've had five husbands. This is my truth.' "

Watch the Mass HERE

Throughout the Coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis has cancelled public appearances, but instead his Morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta is being livestreamed, especially for those who are sick and those caring for them. Recordings are also being posted up by Vatican Media so that people around the world can see them later.

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