During his morning homily at Casa Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis reflected on the humility and love of God, who always awaits us. The Sacrament of the Eucharist he said is “not a magic rite but an encounter with Jesus, who accompanies us in life.”
The Holy Father quoted the psalm of the day, “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord” to confirm the presence of the Lord in our lives. “In the history of the People of God, there are beautiful moments that give us joy and there are also ugly moments of pain, of martyrdom, of sin,” the Pope said.
“Be it in ugly time, be in beautiful times, one thing remains the same: the Lord is there, He never abandons His people,” he continued. “Because the Lord, in the day of sin, of the first sin, made a decision, He made a choice: to make History with his people. And God, who does not have a History because he is eternal, wished to make history, to walk close to His people. Even more so: to become one of us and like one of us, to walk with us, in Jesus.”
The Pope went on to say that God not only showed his greatness, but his humility as well, despite their sins or turning towards other idols. This humility is also manifested in Jesus Christ.
“Humility. God always waits. God is next to us, God walks with us, He is humble: he always waits for us. Jesus always waits for us. This is the humility of God. And the Church sings with joy of this humility of God who accompanies us, as we have done with the Psalm. ‘Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord’: let us go with joy because he accompanies, He is with us. And the Lord Jesus, also in our personal life accompanies us: with the Sacraments. The Sacrament is not a magic rite: it is an encounter with Jesus Christ, we meet with the Lord. And He is next to us and accompanies us.”The Holy Spirit as well, accompanies us and teaches us what we don’t know, in our hearts, the Pope continued. God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are our companions in the path of life. Concluding his homily, Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for the grace to let God “write our history.”