Pope Francis preaches during Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel June 7.
From Pope Francis’ Friday morning
homily, for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Tenderness! But the
Lord loves us tenderly. The Lord [knows] that beautiful science of caresses,
the tenderness of God. He does not love us with words. He comes closeclosenessand
gives us His love with tenderness. Closeness and tenderness! The Lord loves us
in these two ways, He draws near and gives all His love even in the smallest
things: with tenderness. And this is a powerful love, because closeness and
tenderness reveal the strength of God’s love.
… It is
more difficult to let God love us, than to love Him! The best way to love Him
in return is to open our hearts and let Him love us. Let Him draw close to us
and feel Him close to us. This is really very difficult: letting ourselves be
loved by Him. And that is perhaps what we need to ask today in the Mass: “Lord,
I want to love You, but teach me the difficult science, the difficult habit of
letting myself be loved by You, to feel You close and feel Your tenderness!” May
the Lord give us this grace.