Pope Reflects on 'Jewel' of Jesus' Prayer

Urges Faithful to Remember Dependence on God

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VATICAN CITY, DEC. 7, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging the faithful to remember their dependence on God, so that they can «find rest amidst the hardships.»

The Pope said this today at the general audience, during which he continued with his reflections on Jesus’ prayer.

Today he took up the prayer known as the Cry of Exultation or the Cry of Messianic Exultation, calling it a «‘jewel’ of Jesus’ prayer,» (cf. Matthew 11:25-30 and Luke 10:21-22).

The Holy Father said that we can also share in this prayer: «We too, by the gift of His Spirit, can turn to God in prayer with the confidence of children, calling upon him with the name Father, ‘Abba.'»

«But,» he affirmed, «we must have the heart of the little ones, of the ‘poor in spirit’ — in order to recognize that we are not self-sufficient, that we are unable to build our lives alone, that we need God — we need to encounter him, to listen to him, to speak to him.»

«Prayer,» the Pontiff said, «opens us to receive the gift of God — his wisdom — which is Jesus himself, in order to accomplish the Father’s will in our lives and thus to find rest amidst the hardships of our journey.»

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