Pope Francis on Sunday evening told the faithful that our meeting with Jesus takes place when we do good to others.
Mass in the Rome Parish of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, the Pope said
that life is a journey and the most beautiful gift we can receive is our
encounter with Jesus.
Before celebrating Mass the Pope met with
some sick people and with children preparing for Holy Communion, and he
heard the Confessions of some parishioners.
was Pope Francis’ second visit to a Rome Parish, and speaking off the
cuff, the Pope reminded those present that Jesus loves us.
ceremony the Pope confirmed nine young boys in their faith, and he
pointed out that we meet Jesus in the Sacraments, but we also meet Him -
he said - "when we do good deeds, when we visit the sick, when we help
the poor, when we think of others, when we are not selfish…"
this journey – Pope Francis said – sins may hold us up and discourage
us, but he said the people Jesus wanted most to meet were sinners, and
many righteous people criticized Him for this reason and criticized the
company he held.
But Jesus said – the Pope added - “I came for those who need healing, and Jesus heals our sins”.
Francis explained that Jesus forgives us during the Sacrament of Confession, and he invited the faithful to be courageous…
to the delight of those present for the Pope’s visit, Francis thanked
all for their cheerfulness and asked for prayers. On a last note as he
prepared to travel back to the Vatican he apologized for what he called
an excess of security: “if something in the organization of this visit
has disturbed you, perhaps an excess of security or fear, I want you to
know" - he said - "that I do not agree with that kind of thing: I am