Pope on Angelus: Forgiveness and mercy helps avoid suffering, wars …

In Sunday’s Mid-Angelus Prayer, Pope Francis speaks of the gospel of the day that says the parable of the unconquerable servant that if we do not strive to forgive and love, we will neither be forgiven nor loved. Will be done.

By Vatican News

Pope Francis is urging Christians to imitate the merciful attitude of God, saying that forgiveness and mercy are “our style of life” if there can be a lot of misery and war in the world.

Speaking to a crowd gathered at St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the pope depicted the parable of an unmarried servant in Matthews Gospel (18: Kb), The Gospel of the Day. A boss forgives a servant’s heavy debt when he asks for time to repay it. But when that servant came to another fellow servant who owed him only a nominal amount, he jailed his fellow servant. Upon learning of this, the master punished the servant without fear.

“How much suffering, how many wounds, how much war can be avoided if forgiveness and mercy were our style of life!”

Justice pervades

Reflecting on the parable, Pope Francis drew attention to the attitude of God, represented by the king, and that of a human person, represented by a servant. “The divine attitude is mercy with justice,” he said, “while the human attitude is limited to justice.” The Pope said that Jesus urges us to boldly open ourselves to the power of forgiveness, because “everything in life cannot be solved by justice”.

The need for compassionate love, the Pope explained, is also the answer Jesus gives to Peter, who asks Jesus how many times he should forgive who sins against him. “In the symbolic language of the Bible it means that we are always asked to forgive,” the pope explained.

Compassion in human situations

The Holy Father reflected: “How much suffering, how many wounds, how much war can be avoided if forgiveness and mercy were our style of life!”

“It is necessary to apply compassionate love to all human relationships: between spouses, between parents and children, within our communities, and also in society and politics.”

In the cuff commentary, Pope Francis shared how he was touched by a line from Sunday’s Liturgy to First Reading from Sirche’s book: “Remember your last days, keep the enmity aside”. He said that resentment and hatred of past crimes can disturb us like a fly. “Forgiveness is not something momentary, it’s something we keep doing against that resentment, the hatred that keeps coming back.” But thinking about our last days helps us put an end to that endless cycle, he said ..

Call for forgiveness in “Our Father”

This parable, the Pope said, helps us fully understand the meaning of the phrase in “our father”: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who persecute us” (See Mt 6:12). These words, said Pope Francis, are a decisive truth:

“We cannot demand God’s forgiveness for ourselves if we do not offer forgiveness to our neighbor in return. If we do not attempt to forgive and love, we will not be forgiven and not loved either Will go. “

Finally, Pope Francis urged everyone to submit themselves to the Mother of God so that they realize how much they are in God’s debt and open their hearts to mercy and goodness.

Playback of Angelus, 13 September 2020