Thursday, during the morning mass, Pope Francis turned his thoughts to those who live this period of sadness and fear, hidden in the cracks of society. (reading included)
In his first words during mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said: “These days of sadness and sadness bring to light so many hidden problems. “
He mentioned a photograph published in daily newspapers that he said touched the heart: “So many homeless people in a city, huddling in a parking lot … there are so many homeless people today. “
And he invited the faithful to ask Saint Teresa of Calcutta to awaken in us a feeling of closeness with those who live, hidden, in the cracks of society, like the homeless whose fate is particularly evident at this time of crisis.
We have been chosen by God
In his homily, the Pope explained that Christians must be aware of having been chosen by God, joyful when they take the path of salvation and faithful to the Covenant.
Commenting on the readings of the Day, the Book of Genesis and the Gospel according to John, the Pope noted that they both focus on the figure of Abraham, on the Covenant with God and on the way Jesus manages to “remake” creation by forgiving our sins.
“The Lord made us a promise and now he is asking us to enter into a covenant, a covenant of faithfulness,” he said.
We are Christians, said Pope Francis, “because we are elected, chosen by God, and we have received a promise of fruitfulness, to which we must respond faithfully to the Covenant.”
A baptismal certificate does not make a Christian
“A Christian is not someone who can just show his baptismal certificate. A baptismal certificate is just a piece of paper. You are a Christian if you say “yes” to the election of the Lord, if you follow the promise that the Lord has made to you, and if you live the covenant with God. This is Christian life, “he said.
The Pope explained that our sins are against three dimensions: not accepting election by worshiping idols, not hoping for the promise, and forgetting the Covenant.
The Lord, he reminded the faithful, always remembers his covenant and never forgets his people.
“He only forgets in one case, when he forgives sins. After forgiving, he loses his memory, he does not remember these sins. In other cases, God does not forget. His loyalty is memory. His loyalty to his people. His fidelity to Abraham is a memory of the promise he made, “said the Pope.
Elaborating on the fact that each of us is an elected one, and that in this election there is the promise of hope and the sign of fertility, the Pope recalled that when the Lord told Abraham that he had it chosen to be “the father of a multitude of nations”, he also told him to be fruitful in the faith “which will flourish in good works” and “to observe the covenant with me”.
Pope Francis concluded by saying, “This is the revelation that the Word of God gives us today about our Christian existence. Let it be like that of our father: conscious of being chosen, happy to go towards a promise and faithful to make the Alliance. “