Pope to Cuba: Pope Francis said, that Jesus loves you so much, Jesus loves you completely.
The Holy Father continued saying that the Lord loves you from the heart.
“He knows better than anyone else what everyone needs, what are your longings, what is your deepest desire. He never abandons us, and even when we don’t act as he expects us to, he said, Jesus is always at our side, ready to welcome us, to comfort us, to give us a new hope, a new opportunity, a new life.
Thanking the Cuban people for their prayers in advance of his visit, Pope Francis said he wanted to be with them as a missionary of mercy, adding “let me also encourage you to be missionaries of the infinite love of God.
Source: Vatican Radio
Pope Francis, falls short on proclaiming the love of the Son of God for the Cuban people.
What does that phrase mean, “loves you from the heart?”
In my opinion, yet again from Pope Francis, it’s worldly words with double meanings. You could replace “Lord” here, with any name and it would just sound colloquial- not special.
This is the Son of God, Jesus our Redeemer, who died for us, that’s how much HE LOVES us. His love is ALL encompassing. There is no other love that we have ever encountered or experienced. So why does the Pope make it sound so common. In my opinion, he[the Pope] does this on purpose to demote the status of Jesus to a brotherly level, whilst elevating his own status. I believe Pope Francis, or his speech writer, probably missed a word from the end his colloquial sentence, that being, “bro.”
Jesus has a better understanding of love because he tells us how to love God, from Mark 12:28-32
Then one of the scribes came near and heard the Sadducees arguing with one another. He saw how well Jesus answered them, so he asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of them all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’….
Our Lord Jesus is able to teach us, humanity, in a simple and straightforward manner – eradicating all confusion – on how to love.
…..The second is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Then the scribe told him, “Well said, Teacher! You have told the truth that ‘God is one, and there is no other besides him.’
In a simple sentence once again Jesus can give hope and encouragement to All.
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. Then my Father will love him, and we will go to him and make our home within him. [John 14:23]
Jesus taught us how to pray, hence we have the Our Father. I find it really surprising that the Pope doesn’t even encourage the Cuban people to pray in thanks to Jesus for His love that he has shown. No, the Pope just thanks them for the prayers for him[the Pope] and proceeds with his own agenda.
Furthermore and equally important, Jesus didn’t shy away from the main issue of sin. Pope Francis, aka, “who am I to judge”, doesn’t like bridging this topic. So he is always seen as a “good” guy.
Then Jesus stood up and asked her, “Dear lady, where are your accusers? Hasn’t anyone condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she replied. Then Jesus said, “I don’t condemn you, either. Go home, and from now on do not sin any more.” Later on Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Finally there is no better way to finish this little blog than with a letter, from Jude
Dear friends, although I was eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write to you and urge you to continue your vigorous defense of the faith that was passed down to the saints once and for all. For some people have slipped in among you unnoticed. They were written about long ago as being deserving of this condemnation because they are ungodly. They turn the grace of our God into uncontrollable lust and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus the Messiah. Now I want to remind you, even though you are fully aware of these things, that the Lord who once saved his people from the land of Egypt later destroyed those who did not believe.