Pope, at weekday Mass, reflects on ‘the little prayer that moves God’
January 17, 2020
CWN Editor's Note: At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on January 16, Pope Francis preached on Mark 1:40-45, which recounts the leper’s prayer to Christ (“If you wish, you can make me clean”).The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Jan. 17, 2020 9:55 AM ET USA
Hyperbole? From the cited article: "the greater a sinner you are, the closer the Lord is to you." Luther: "Be a sinner and sin boldly...As long as we are here, we have to sin. This life is not the dwelling place of righteousness" (letter to Melanchthon). I see a certain correspondence in these excerpts. We know that grace is not a respecter of persons (e.g., sinner vs nonsinner) and that "where sin abounded, grace did more abound." The former seems the more personal, the latter more corporate.