I have to confess that in the past, I have often found the teachings of the Popes very hard to read. Make no mistake – what they often wrote was so rich with meaning, faith and hope but, at times, if I read one paragraph, it then might take a few re-reads to get the true meaning of what was being written. There is no problem with this per se – as I said their words are rich with meaning but it meant that their message may not have been accessible to all, especially our young people. When I was in university, I had to buy a book called John Paul II: The encyclicals in everyday language! I just wish there had been a better means of communicating their words so that all would be enriched by their teachings.
However, I have been able to read everything that Pope Francis has written. He writes in a completely different style (how often would you find the word “sourpuss” in a Papal teaching??) and he communicates his message, most of the time, in a simple but profound way. At times, it feels like he is addressing my situation and my life when I am reading his encyclicals or speeches.
Last Friday, March 27th, Pope Francis gave a homily as part of a prayer service in an empty St. Peter’s Square, which was televised and streamed all over the world. It is really worth reading.
But do yourself a favour. Grab a cuppa, go somewhere quiet in the house (tell others you don’t want to be disturbed for the next while), get comfortable and read his homily below. This homily won’t answer all your questions or it won’t promise an end to the coronavirus, The Pope is praying for that each day. But it will help you to re-look at your faith, your relationship with Jesus and to examine in what or whom you put your ultimate trust.
The Gospel the Pope is referring to can be found here: