For the first time in three months, Pope Francis celebrates the Angelus from his study window and the faithful are gathered in the square, with masks and at a safe distance. "And today, thinking of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we think of love and think of feeling loved." The pandemic still has victims in many countries, such as Brazil (unknown). Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus unites "the great spiritual teachers and the simple among the people of God ".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The mystery of the Trinity - today's liturgical feast - is "Love, all in the service of the world, which He wishes to save and recreate." This is how Pope Francis introduced the Angelus prayer today, which was celebrated from the window of his study, with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's square. It is the first time, after more than three months due to the quarantine, that a few hundred faithful returned to the square for the Angelus: all were strictly with masks and at a safe social distance from each other.
Above all, the Pope commented on a phrase from today's Gospel: " For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, " (John 3:16). "These words - he said - are to indicate that the action of the three divine Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is all a single plan of love that saves humanity and the world. ".
“God the Father loves the world so much that, to save it, He gives what is most precious to Him: His only-begotten Son, who gives His life for humanity, rises again, returns to the Father and together with Him sends the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is therefore Love, all at the service of the world, which wants to save and recreate. And today, thinking of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we think of love and think of feeling loved."
Francis invited everyone to let themselves be “fascinated by the beauty of God; beauty, goodness and inexhaustible truth. But also humble, close, who became flesh in order to enter into our life, into our history, so that every man and woman may encounter it and have eternal life. And this is faith: to welcome God-Love who gives Himself in Christ, to let ourselves be encountered by Him and to trust in Him.”
"May the Virgin Mary - he concluded - dwelling-place of the Trinity, help us to welcome with an open heart the love of God, which fills us with joy and gives meaning to our journey in this world, always guiding us towards our destination, which is Heaven."
After the Marian prayer, the pontiff rejoiced at the "small presence" of Romans and pilgrims in the square, "a sign that in Italy the acute phase of the epidemic is over", although it is still necessary "to carefully follow the current regulations ".
But he also recalled that “in other countries, the virus is still claiming many victims. Last Friday in one country one person died per minute." The pope did not mention any country in particular, although it is understandable that he spoke of Brazil. Last week, he recalled the peoples of the Amazon in the tragedy of the pandemic. "I wish - he added - to express my closeness to those populations, to the sick and their families, and to all those who take care of them".
He then invited to devotion to the Heart of Jesus, to whom the month of June is dedicated, "a devotion - he explained - that unites the great spiritual teachers and the simple among the people of God. Indeed, the human and divine Heart of Jesus is the wellspring where we can always draw upon God’s mercy, forgiveness and tenderness. We can do so by focusing on a passage from the Gospel, feeling that at the centre of every gesture, of every word of Jesus there is love, the love of the Father. And we can do this by adoring the Eucharist, where this love is present in the Sacrament. Then our heart too, little by little, will become more patient, more generous, more merciful."
And he made the faithful repeat a prayer that he learned as a child from his grandmother: "Jesus, make my heart look like yours".