Pope Francis on Wednesday told the faithful not to be afraid in times of discouragement, poverty or difficulty because we can rely on God and He will provide solace.
The Pope was speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly general audience.
Reflecting on the Gospel passage by Matthew in which Jesus says: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest”, today – Pope Francis said – we hear the Lord calling the discouraged, the poor and the little ones to himself, and telling them they can always rely on God.
And he invited all believers – especially those who feel most powerless – to trust in God’s mercy, to open their hearts to Him, even if they feel unworthy, and they will be filled with the joy of forgiveness.
The Pope referred again and again to the Holy Year of Mercy and said pilgrims around the world have been crossing the threshold of a Holy Door of mercy – be it in a hospital, in a prison or anywhere – in the search for conversion, for friendship with Jesus, for the comfort that only He can provide.
He expressed his disapproval for those pastors of the Church who become ‘princes’ and distanced from their people and from the poor. “That – the Pope said: “is not the spirit of Jesus”.
Pointing out that in approaching the Lord’s inexhaustible mercy, we will discover his “easy yoke”: Jesus – he said – who bears the burdens and needs of humanity shows us the way to salvation; by participating in his sufferings and by learning from his service to the poor, we come to know the will of God for us.
So, Pope Francis concluded:
“When we are tired or despondent, let us not be afraid, let us come to Christ, trust in him, rest in him and joyously serve him.