In his homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said the smallest of prayers can move God and get His attention.

“And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, ‘Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.'” – Matthew 8:2

Pope Francis’ homily during Mass celebrated at his Casa Santa Marta residence last Thursday morning was a reflection on Christ’s miracle of cleansing the leper, what he called a “simple” story.

Pope Francis said the leper approaching Christ made a simple prayer in requesting to be healed by saying “If you will…” – a prayer that “gets God’s attention.” He said the leper made the prayer because “because he saw how Jesus acted – this man had seen the compassion of Jesus.”

“It is a true challenge, but also an act of confidence: I know that He can do it, and so I entrust myself to Him. Jesus did not come to preach the law and then leave. Jesus came in compassion, that is, to suffer with and for us and to give us life itself. The love of Jesus is so great that compassion led Him precisely to the Cross, to give His life.

Pope Francis invited the Faithful to the repeat “this little phrase” often, and explained how it can be turned into a “miraculous” prayer we can say everyday.

“A simple prayer that can be said many times a day. ‘Lord, I, a sinner, ask you: have mercy on me.’ Many times a day, inwardly, from the heart, without saying it out loud: ‘Lord, if you will, you can; if you will, you can. Have compassion on me.’ Repeat this. Let us make a habit of repeating this prayer, always: “Lord, if you will it, you can do it. If you will it, you can do it”, with confidence that the Lord is close to us; and with His compassion, He will take upon Himself our problems, our sins, our inner diseases, everything.

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