“We ask the help of the archangel Michael to defend us from the snares and traps of the Devil”. This is the invocation Pope Francis launched this morning via his twitter account @Pontifex. After having reached the millions of people who follow him on Twitter, the Pope celebrated regular Mass at Casa Santa Marta. “How many times I have wanted to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you did not want it”. Attributed to God and pronounced by Pope Francis during today’s homily of today, these words represent “an image of tenderness” because, explained the Pontiff himself, they describe the Lord “as a hen with chicks”, but at the same time they remind us about sin because they add: “You refused”. “God – in fact – does not condemn and cannot but love! This is our security. I can reject this love, I can refuse as refused the good thief, until the end of his life. But this is where that love waited for him”.
“The most evil, the most blasphemous is loved by God with the tenderness of a father, dad”, added Francis stressing that “God the mighty, the Creator can do everything: God weeps! “. “Every man and woman – he recalled – may refuse the gift”, preferring their vanity, their pride, their sin. “But the gift is there”: “The gift and the love of God, a God who cannot separate from us. That is God’s impotence. We say: ‘God is powerful, and can do everything! Everything but one: separate from us! God’s impotence – he stressed again – is his inability not to love”. “In the Gospel – stressed Bergoglio – that image of Jesus who is weeping over Jerusalem, makes us understand something about this love. Jesus cried! He wept over Jerusalem and that crying is all the impotence of God: his inability not to love, not to separate from us”. Thus, “in the tears of Jesus over Jerusalem, in those tears, there is all the love of God.
God is crying for me, when I move away from Him; God weeps for each one of us; God is weeping for the wicked who make so many bad things, bad for humanity… God is waiting for us, without condemning, weeping. Why is that? Because he loves!” “God – repeated Francesco – can only love, not condemn, love is his weakness and our victory.” “If God is on our side, who is against us? If God saves us, who condemn us? “, asked Francis. “We – concluded the Pontiff – are so much linked to the love of God, that no person, no power, nothing can separate us from this love. Paul saw in the gift, has seen more, what the gift gives: it is the gift of recreation, and the gift of regeneration in Jesus Christ. He saw the love of God. A love that cannot be explain”.