“The year of Mercy is a good opportunity to meet, embrace, and forgive.” This is how Pope Francis continues his teaching on the subject of forgiveness and salvation. “The mercy of God is present throughout the entire history of the people of Israel,” – Bergoglio said during today’s general audience.
The Pope has opened his speech reading a passage from the Book of Exodus. “It is precisely when the Israelites are about to succumb that the Lord intervenes and brings salvation,”- Francis has pointed out because mercy cannot remain indifferent to the suffering of the oppressed. “It is a painful reality that affects every age, even the one we live in, and which often makes us feel powerless, tempted to harden our heart and think about something else,” – Francis has warned, but God is not indifferent, he does not look away from human pain.
“God listens and intervenes to save, moving people who are able to hear the groan of suffering and to work for the oppressed. This is how begins Moses’ story as a mediator of liberation for the people. He faces the Pharaoh and convinces him to allow Israel to leave; then he guides the people through the Red Sea and the desert, towards freedom – the Pope said, adding – we can take on this task of being mediators of mercy too.”
Then the Pope reflected on the concept of salvation: God’s mercy – Bergoglio has commented – always acts in view of salvation, “it is at odds with the work of those whose actions always aim at killing, such as that of the people who make war.” The relationship God offers to man is a privileged relationship, because it is based precisely on the principle of redemption: “The mercy of God makes man precious; He protects him and delights Himself in him.”
Bergoglio has concluded the hearing with an invitation to the faithful: “If we are children of God and have the possibility to receive this legacy,” – he said – we must open our hearts to reach everyone with our actions of mercy.