Pain, trust and peace. These are the three main concepts Pope Francis developed during his homely in Santa Marta. The Pope underlined that Christians is not a ‘sadomasochist’ when facing difficult time, they trust the Lord with hope and confidence. Saint Paul was persecuted, nevertheless, he faces thousands of tribulations and he keeps his faith and encourages his brothers to trust the Lord. Pope Francis highlighted the necessity to go through dark and difficult moments in order to enter the Kingdom of God.
Nevertheless, he warned, this is not a ‘sadomasochist’ behavior; it is ‘Christian fight’ against the prince of this world trying to take us far away from the ‘word of Jesus’, faith, and hope. We have to endure tribulations, be more patient, and bring them on our shoulders. Christians’ lives have these moments too. However, Jesus encourages us to be brave during these difficult times, and when we are in pain. Then he added that Paul ‘organized the Church, he laid his hands to pray for people”.
Trust. “Christians can carry their tribulations and persecutions trusting the Lord”. He is the only one who can give us strength, perseverance, faith and hope. Trusting the Lord with something – continued Bergoglio – “trusting the Lord with this difficult time, trusting the Lord with my life, trusting the Lord with our brothers, priests, bishops, trusting the Lord with our families and friends and saying to Him: ‘Take care of them, they are Yours”. We often forget this prayer. “Lord I entrust you with this, you carry it on”, this is a good Christian prayer. “This is how we have to trust the Lord and the tenderness of God”
When praying like this with all your heart, then everything is in His hands “He never deceives”. Tribulations make us suffer, trusting the Lord gives us hope. Hence, here come the third word: peace.
Francis recalled how Jesus spoke with his disciples “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you”, it is not peace, it is tranquility; it is a kind of peace “that enters the heart, gives strength and strengthens faith and hope”. During our lives we have to walk paths of tribulations, this is life. During these moments, let us trust the Lord and He will give us peace. The Lord is the Father and he loves us a lot and never deceives us”.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa