All of life should be journey toward God, pope says at memorial Mass
Jesus invites everyone to always go to him, which, Pope Francis said, also means no longer making life revolve around oneself.
“What direction is my journey going? Do I only try to make a good impression, to protect my position, my time and my space or do I go to the Lord?” he asked during a memorial Mass for the 13 cardinals and 147 bishops who died over the preceding year.
Celebrating Mass on 4th November in St Peter’s Basilica, the pope reflected in his homily on God’s will that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life and be raised on their last day.
In the day’s Gospel reading, Jesus says, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.”
Jesus extends this invitation – “Come to me,” so people may be “inoculated against death, against the fear that everything ends,” the pope said.
Going to Jesus means living each moment of the day in ways that put him at the centre – with one’s thoughts, one’s prayers and one’s actions, particularly by helping someone in need.
He said people must ask themselves, “Do I live going to the Lord or do I revolve around myself,” only being happy when things go well for oneself and complaining when they do not.
“You cannot belong to Jesus and revolve around yourself. Whoever belongs to Jesus lives going outward toward him,” he said.
Picture: Pope Francis celebrates Mass in memory of cardinals and bishops who died in the past year. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).Tags: God, journey, life, mass, memorial, Pope