Epiphany Mass: Pope duties Christians on unsolicited good



    Pope Francis

    A very good Christian ought to “not sit around” ready for issues to occur and may do good “even when unasked,” Pope Francis stated throughout an Epiphany Mass on Saturday morning.

    The trustworthy shouldn’t permit themselves to be content material with “health, a little money and a bit of entertainment,” the chief of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics warned.

    “Jesus allows himself to be found by those who seek him, but to find him, we need to get up and go – not sit around, but take risks; not stand still, but set out,” Francis stated.

    “If we want to find Jesus, we have to overcome our fear of taking risks, our self-satisfaction and our indolent refusal to ask anything more of life,” he added.

    The pope delivered the homily throughout a solemn service in St Peter’s Basilica attended by cardinals, bishops and different clergy members.

    The Catholic feast of the Epiphany, falling on January 6, marks the day when the three kings are believed to have introduced their items to child Jesus.

    In Italy and different Catholic international locations, it’s a sort-of follow-up to Christmas, as folks normally trade extra items.

    Francis urged listeners to honour the festivity by being selfless.

    “To do good without counting the cost, even when unasked, even when you gain nothing thereby, even if it is unpleasant: That is what God wants,” he stated.

    “[God] asks us to offer something for the least of his brothers and sisters. Who are they? They are those who have nothing to give in return: the needy, the hungry, the stranger, the prisoner, the poor,” Francis stated.

    After Mass, the pope addressed crowds in St Peter’s Square from the window of his examine and prolonged “the most cordial wishes” to Eastern Rite Catholic and Orthodox Churches which have fun Christmas on January 7.

    “May this glorious celebration be a source of new spiritual vigor and of communion among us Christians,” he stated.(dpa/NAN)