Aug 3, 2014 / 02:29 pm
At Sunday’s Angelus address at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on those receiving his message to care first for the poor, before concerning themselves with their own wants and needs.
“Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own,” he said Aug. 3 at St. Peter’s Square. “Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”
He reflected on the day’s Gospel, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes; from this pericope he drew three messages: compassion, sharing, and Eucharist.
Beginning with compassion, he said Christ “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him, and would not – so to speak – ‘leave him in peace’. Rather, he feels compassion, because he knows that they do not seek him out of curiosity, but out of need.”
He clarified that this compassion of God is not merely a feeling of pity, but is, as the word suggests, a ‘suffering with’ which “identifies with the suffering of others, to the point of taking it upon himself.”
“Thus is Jesus: he suffers among us, he suffers with us, he suffers for us.”
This compassion of God should lead us to “feel that man, that woman, those babes who lack the necessities of life.” …
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