(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday. In his catechesis, the Holy Father relflected on St Matthew’s Gospel account of how the Lord calls the discouraged, the poor and the little ones to himself.
Below, please find the official English language summary of Pope Francis’ catechesis for the General Audience for 14 September 2016:
Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catecheses during this Holy Year of Mercy, we have reflected on the tenderness of Jesus. Today we hear the Lord calling the discouraged, the poor and the little ones to himself, all who – unable to count on powerful connections – can rely solely on God (Mt 11:28-30). In their powerlessness, they trust in God’s mercy; they come to Jesus who is their only help. In this Jubilee Year pilgrims around the world have been crossing the threshold of a Holy Door of mercy as they seek conversion. In approaching the Lord’s inexhaustible mercy, we will discover his “easy yoke”: Jesus who bears the burdens and needs of humanity shows us the way to salvation. And by participating in his sufferings, we come to know the will of God for us, we find true rest in him, and are able to share in his plan of salvation. Jesus invites us also to learn from his service of the poor and of all who suffer. When we are tired or despondent, let us not be afraid; for our hope in Christ will never be confounded. Let us therefore come to Christ, trust in him, rest in him and joyously serve him.
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