Amid the mainstream media sideshow surrounding his recent interview given to publications of the Society of Jesus (the religious order of which the Holy Father is a member and former provincial superior), Pope Francis is quietly but firmly reiterating traditional Catholic teaching, as he did in yesterday's homily for daily Mass at the St. Martha House where he frequently stays. Francis called the Holy Eucharist "an encounter with the living God," reflecting on the psalmody for yesterday's Mass.
"Throughout the history of God’s people there have been many beautiful moments which bring joy, but also moments of pain, martyrdom and sin," Francis said. “God, who has no History because He is eternal, desired to make History by walking alongside His people. He decided to become one of us, and as one of us, to walk with us through Jesus.”
The Holy Father said that the great act of mercy in the coming of Christ into the world not only showed us the greatness of God, but also how merciful and humble God truly is. When God's people strayed from his loving embrace through their own sin and idolatry, he still refused to abandon them, but lovingly waited for them to return. Jesus shows us that humility. “He walks with the People of God, walks with the sinners; walks also with the arrogant," trying to “help these arrogant hearts of the Pharisees.”
“We go with joy because He accompanies us, He is with us…and the Lord Jesus, even in our personal lives, accompanies us with the Sacraments. The Sacrament is not a magic rite: it is an encounter with Jesus Christ; we encounter the Lord – it is He who is beside us and accompanies us.”