During his general audience today, Pope Francis recalled the election of Matthew, one of the twelve apostles. He said that Christ does not look at people based on their past, their social status or their appearances. God loves everyone. However, he pointed out that the love of Jesus can only be reciprocated by those who are humble. Those who think they are better, the proud and arrogant, he said, feel no need for God's mercy, and therefore, they cannot see or accept Him. May all of us, acknowledging our sins, respond more generously to the Lord’s invitation to sit at table with him, and with one another, with immense gratitude for his infinite mercy and saving love. Let us remember this day and every day to reach out to others with mercy and compassion.
Pat Schifini, OSU