At the Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis recalls that Jesus goes beyond our sins and prejudices to heal our heart from the wounds and mistakes of the past.
Pope Francis prayed the Angelus on Sunday with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, and reflected on the day’s Gospel (Mk 5:21-42).
The Pope said Jesus encounters two dramatic situations in this passage, which speak to us about death and disease.
“Jesus lets Himself be touched by our suffering and our death,” he said, “and He works two signs of healing to tell us that neither suffering nor death have the last word.”
Health and affections
Since illness is still at the center of our attention due to the pandemic, Pope Francis focused his remarks especially on the healing of the woman with hemorrhages.
“More than her health,” he noted, “her affections were compromised: she had blood loss and therefore, according to the mindset of the time, she was deemed impure.”
All this meant that she was marginalized and left without the possibility of a husband or a family. “She lived alone, with a wounded heart.”
The Pope pointed out that the “most serious illness in life is a lack of love, and not being able to love.”