Heb 13:2), which I blessed one year ago. Lk 15:7). To the father’s invitation to go and work in the vineyard, the first son impulsively responds “no, I’m not going”, but then he repents and goes; instead the second son, who immediately replies “yes, yes dad”, does not actually do so; he doesn’t go. Indeed, these people, listening to his preaching, repented and changed their lives. Mt 13:1-23), Jesus tells a great crowd the Parable — that we all know well — of the Sower, who casts seeds over four different types of terrain. v. 31). There are several different ways to receive the Word of God. I pray for peace in the Caucasus and I ask the parties in conflict to perform concrete acts of good will and brotherhood that may lead to resolve the problems, not with the use of force and arms, but through dialogue and negotiation. 21:28-32). Mt 22:34-40), a doctor of the Law asks Jesus “which is the great commandment” (v. 36), that is, the principal commandment of all divine Law. God is patient with each of us: he does not tire, he does not desist after our “no”; he leaves us free even to distance ourselves from him and to make mistakes. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! L’Angelus è una preghiera recitata in ricordo del Mistero perenne dell’Incarnazione tre volte al giorno: alle 6 della mattina, a mezzogiorno e alla sera verso le 18, momento nel quale viene suonata la campana dell’Angelus. Jesus does not indicate publicans and prostitutes as models of life, but as “privileged by Grace”. Let us pray together in silence for peace in the Caucasus. Often one is distracted by too many interests, by too many enticements, and it is difficult to distinguish, among the many voices and many words, that of the Lord, the only one that makes us free. ANGELUS. Let us think of Matthew, for example. We can ask ourselves: what type of terrain am I? The pandemic has harshly struck this sector that is so important to many countries. With this “good face” I say Good Morning to you. In this Sunday's Gospel passage (cf. Do I resemble the path, the rocky ground, the bramble bush? I offer a special thought to women and to all the people committed in the fight against breast cancer. I wish everyone a happy Sunday, Please do not forget to pray for me. There, the Word grows a little, but becomes choked, it is not strong, and it dies or does not bear fruit. But conversion, changing the heart, is a process, a process that purifies us from moral encrustations. Thank you! I greet all of you, the faithful from Rome and pilgrims from various countries, in particular, the families from the Focolari Movement. The seed fallen upon this fertile soil represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, safeguard it in their heart and put it into practice in everyday life. And the sea carries me a little farther away in my thoughts: to Istanbul. And I wish you all a happy Sunday, a peaceful Sunday. And at times it is a painful process, because there is no path of holiness without some sacrifice and without a spiritual battle. This would be distraction, a great danger of our time. Grace. There are so many different flags! Those who convert to this choice, after having experienced sin, will find the first places in the Kingdom of heaven, where there is greater joy for a single sinner who repents than for ninety-nine righteous people (cf. The Word of God, symbolized by the seeds, is not an abstract Word, but rather Christ himself, the Word of the Father who became flesh in Mary's womb. Enjoy your lunch. I hope that everyone may soon pick themselves up again from the current difficulties. If we want, with the grace of God, we can become good soil, ploughed and carefully cultivated, to help ripen the seed of the Word. Mt 13:1-23), Jesus tells a great crowd the Parable — that we all know well — of the Sower, who casts seeds over four different types of terrain. He is the One who melts the hardness of hearts and disposes them to repentance, so we may obtain the life and salvation promised by Jesus. How the Lord always waits for us; he is always beside us to help us; but he respects our freedom. He also demonstrates this with the parable of the two sons, which is offered to us in the Gospel of Matthew (cf. Embracing the Word of God therefore, means embracing the personage of Christ; of Christ himself. Jesus tells them: “the tax collectors, meaning the sinners, and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you”. ANGELUS. I offer my encouragement to those who work in tourism, particularly small family businesses and young people. Thank you! With his preaching on the Kingdom of God, Jesus opposes a religiosity that does not involve human life, that does not question the conscience and its responsibility in the face of good and evil. The exponents of this “façade” of religiosity, of which Jesus disapproves, in that time were “the chief priests and the elders of the people” (Mt 21:23), who, according to the Lord’s admonition, will be preceded in the Kingdom of God by “tax collectors and prostitutes” (cf. And I now greet you, dear faithful of Rome and pilgrims from various parts of Italy and the world. The name comes from the Latin word for Angel and the prayer itself reminds us of how Jesus Christ assumed our human nature through the Mystery of the Incarnation. Cos'è l'Angelus. In today’s Gospel passage (cf. Another possibility: we may receive the Word of God like rocky ground, with little soil. This is the image of those who receive the Word of God with momentary enthusiasm, which however, remains superficial; it does not assimilate the Word of God. Battling for good; battling so as not to fall into temptation; doing for our part what we can, to arrive at living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes. In today’s Gospel, the one who makes the best impression is the first brother, not because he said “no” to his father, but because after his “no” he converted to “yes”, he repented. Thinking about God’s patience is wonderful! Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Today the Church celebrates the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. I greet with gratitude the representatives of the Pastoral Ministry for Health from the Diocese of Rome, thinking of the many priests, women and men religious and lay people who have been, and remain, beside the sick, in this time of pandemic. I extend warm greetings to all those who work at sea, especially those who are far from their loved ones and their country. This is why it is important to accustom oneself to listening to the Word of God, to reading it. Obedience does not consist in saying “yes” or “no”, but always in taking action, in cultivating the vineyard, in bringing about the Kingdom of God, in doing good. Because conversion is always a grace. Saint Peter's SquareSunday, 27 September 2020. Let us give thanks to God for this new Blessed, an example of contemplation of the mystery of Calvary and tireless in the exercise of charity. Such is the heart of God! A grace that God offers to anyone who opens up and converts to him. May the Virgin Mary, perfect model of good and fertile soil, help us, with her prayer, to become willing soil without thorns or rocks, so that we may bear good fruit for ourselves and for our brothers and sisters. There the seeds spring up quickly, but they also soon wither away, because they are unable to sink roots to any depth. And I return once more to that advice: always keep a handy copy of the Gospel with you, a pocket edition of the Gospel, in your pocket, in your purse … and then, read a short passage every day, so that you become used to reading the Word of God, understanding well the seed that God offers you, and thinking with what soil do I receive it. Saint Peter's Square Sunday, 25 October 2020 . In my land we say: “A good face in bad weather”. The Word is given to each one of us. Saint Peter's Square Sunday, 12 July 2020 . It reminds us that the Word of God is a seed which in itself is fruitful and effective; and God scatters it everywhere, paying no mind to waste. I pray for peace in the Caucasus and I ask the parties in conflict to perform concrete acts of good will and brotherhood that may lead to resolve the problems, not with the use of force and arms, but through dialogue and negotiation. But this, even the smallest concrete commitment, cannot be made without grace. “Like Jesus, forced to flee”, likewise the displaced, migrants. After the Angelus the Holy Father continued: Dear brothers and sisters, there has been worrying news of conflicts in the area of the Caucasus. Yesterday in Naples, Maria Luigia of the Blessed Sacrament, in the world Maria Velotti, was proclaimed Blessed; she was the Foundress of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters Adorers of the Holy Cross. This affirmation must not lead us to think that those who do not follow God’s commandments, those who do not follow morality, saying, “In any case, those who go to Church are worse than us”, do well. We can also — a third possibility that Jesus mentions in the parable — receive the Word of God like ground where thorny bushes grow. Arrivederci. We may do so like a path, where birds immediately come and eat the seeds. I greet the refugees and migrants present in the Square around the monument entitled “Angels, unawares” (cf. Thank you for what you have done, and for what you are doing. The Angelus is a special prayer recited by Catholics three times a day, at 6am, noon, and 6pm and is accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell. Arrivederci. This year I wished to dedicate my Message to the internally displaced, who are forced to flee, as also happened to Jesus and his family. With this simple example, Jesus wants to go beyond a religion understood only as an external and habitual practice, which does not affect people’s lives and attitudes, a superficial religiosity, merely “ritual”, in the ugly sense of the word. Our remembrance and our prayer go to them, in a particular way, and to those who assist them. Saint Matthew, who was a publican, a traitor to his homeland. In this Sunday's Gospel passage (cf. May Mary Most Holy help us to be docile to the action of the Holy Spirit. Enjoy your lunch. Today is also World Tourism Day. It is already present in our heart, but making it fruitful depends on us; it depends on the embrace that we reserve for this seed. Here, and here alone does the seed take root and bear fruit. After the Angelus the Holy Father continued: Dear brothers and sisters, there has been worrying news of conflicts in the area of the Caucasus. In this way, at the first difficulty, such as a discomfort or disturbance in life, that still-feeble faith dissolves, as the seed that falls among the rocks withers. Each one of us is ground on which the seed of the Word falls; no one is excluded! And I would like to underscore this word, “grace”. And I greet the pilgrims from Siena who have come to Rome on foot. Faith in God asks us to renew every day the choice of good over evil, the choice of the truth rather than lies, the choice of love for our neighbour over selfishness. Please, do not forget to pray for me. Beset by lots of small talk, by many ideologies, by continuous opportunities for distraction inside and outside the home, we can lose our zest for silence, for reflection, for dialogue with the Lord, to the point that we risk losing our faith, not receiving the Word of God, as we are seeing everything, distracted by everything, by worldly things. And he anxiously awaits our “yes”, so as to welcome us anew in his fatherly arms and to fill us with his boundless mercy. I think of Hagia Sophia, and I am very saddened. Lastly — the fourth possibility — we may receive it like good soil. This Parable of the Sower is somewhat the ‘mother’ of all parables, because it speaks about listening to the Word. Give me the grace to be a good Christian”. Conversion is a grace we must always ask for: “Lord, give me the grace to improve. No, this is not Jesus’ teaching. I greet all those who gathered this morning at the port of Civitavecchia-Tarquinia for the Eucharistic Celebration. May the Lord sustain your commitment! Today’s Gospel passage calls into question the way of living a Christian life, which is not made up of dreams and beautiful aspirations, but of concrete commitments, in order to always open ourselves to God’s will and to love for our brothers and sisters. After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father continued: Dear brothers and sisters, the International Day of the Sea falls on this second Sunday in July.