Francis Says Believers Are to ‘Touch’ Christ Confident of His Saving Grace
By Deborah Castellano Lubov
Vatican City State,June 28, 2015 (ZENIT.org)
If you are in need of healing, reach out to Christ for His saving grace. Pope Francis explored this theme today during his Angelus address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square at noon.
The Pope recalled Mark’s Gospel today which shows two instances where two people were saved by their faith. The first involved a twelve-year-old daughter of one of the synagogue’s official. He fell at the feet of Jesus and begged him: ‘My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.’ (Mark 5:23). In the meantime, news came that the girl died. To this, Jesus said, ‘Do not be afraid; just have faith’ (v. 36). Jesus entered the house, sent all the crying people away, turned to the dead child and said, ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise!’ Immediately, the girl got up and began walking.
“Here,” the Pope highlighted, “we see the absolute power of Jesus over physical death, that, for Him, it is like a sleep from which one can awaken.”