Dear brothers and sisters!
The month of June is traditionally
dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the highest human expression of
divine love. Just this past Friday, in fact, we celebrated the Solemnity
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: the feast that sets the tone for the
whole month. Popular piety highly prizes symbols, and the Heart of Jesus
is the ultimate symbol of God's mercy but it is not an imaginary
symbol, it is a real symbol, which represents the center, the source
from which salvation for all humanity gushed forth.
In the Gospels we
find several references to the Heart of Jesus, for example, in the
passage where Christ says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn
from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. (Mt 11:28-29)” Then there is
the key story of the death of Christ according to John. This evangelist
in fact testifies to what he saw on Calvary: that a soldier, when Jesus
was already dead, pierced his side with a spear, and from the wound
flowed blood and water (cf. Jn 19.33-34). John recognized in that
apparently random sign, the fulfillment of prophecies: from the heart
of Jesus, the Lamb slain on the cross, flow forgiveness and life for all
But the mercy of Jesus is not just sentiment: indeed it is a
force that gives life, that raises man up! [This Sunday]’s Gospel tells
us this as well, in the episode of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17).
Jesus, with his disciples, is just arrived in Nain, a village in
Galilee, at the very moment in which a funeral is taking place. a boy is
buried, the only son of a widow. Jesus’ gaze immediately fixes itself
on the weeping mother. The evangelist Luke says: “Seeing her, the Lord
was moved with great compassion for her (v. 13).” This “compassion” is
the love of God for man, it is mercy, i.e. the attitude of God in
contact with human misery, with our poverty, our suffering, our anguish.
The biblical term “compassion” recalls the maternal viscera: a mother,
in fact, experiences a reaction all her own, to the pain of her
children. In this way does God love us, the Scripture says.
is the fruit of this love? It is life! Jesus said to the widow of Nain,
“Do not weep,” and then called the dead boy and awoke him as from a
sleep (cf. vv. 13-15). The mercy of God gives life to man, it raises him
from the dead. The Lord is always watching us with mercy, [always]
awaits us with mercy. Let us be not afraid to approach him! He has a
merciful heart! If we show our inner wounds, our sins, He always
forgives us. He is pure mercy! Let us never forget this: He is pure
mercy! Let us go to Jesus!
Let us turn to the Virgin Mary: her
immaculate heart a mother’s heart has shared the “compassion” of God
to the full, especially at the hour of the passion and death of Jesus.
May Mary help us to be meek, humble and compassionate with our brethren.
After the Angelus, Pope Francis spoke these words to Pilgrims
Dear brothers and sisters!
Today in Krakow are proclaimed Blessed two Polish women religious: Zofia Czeska Maciejowska, who, in the first half of the 17th
century, founded the Congregation of the Virgins of the Presentation of
the Blessed Virgin Mary; Margaret Lucia Szewczyk, who in the 19th
century founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows. With the Church in Krakow we give thanks to the Lord!
I affectionately greet all the pilgrims present today: church groups, families, schools, associations, movements.
I greet the faithful from Mumbai, India.
greet the Family Love Movement of Rome, the confraternities and
volunteers of the Sanctuary of Mongiovino, near Perugia, Umbria, the
Young Franciscans of Umbria, the "House of Charity" in Lecce, the
faithful of the province of Modena, whom I encourage [in their work of]
reconstruction [the region was hard-hit by an earthquake in 2012], and
those of Ceprano. I greet the pilgrims of Ortona, where we venerate the
relics of the Apostle Thomas, who made a journey “from Thomas to
I wish you all a good Sunday, and a good lunch!
(Vatican Radio's English translation)