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Salvation, not healing or teaching, is Christ's greatest gift, Pope tells congregation

January 22, 2015

In his homily at a daily Mass at the Vatican on January 22, Pope Francis reminded the congregation that although Jesus can bring relief to those who suffer, the most important reality is that Jesus brings salvation from sin.

Commenting on the Gospel reading, which told of the crowds flocking to Jesus, the Pope observed that many people were looking for miracles, while others were hoping to hear a great teacher. Pope Francis said:

What, though, is most important? That Jesus heals? No, that is not the most important thing. That He teaches us? That is not the most important thing either. It is that He saves! He is the Savior and we are saved by him: this is the most important thing, and this is the strength of our faith.

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