Christians are not only chosen by God individually but are also unconditionally loved and forgiven by him, no matter how often they have strayed, Pope Francis said.
One who is “fully Christian” can never consider him or herself abandoned and unforgiven,” the pope said in his homily during Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on 13th October.
“The Father wanted you, not a group of people, no; you, you and you. Each one of us,” he said. “It is the foundation, it is the basis of our relationship with God. We speak to a father who loves us, who has chosen us, who has given us a name.”
Preaching on the reading from Ephesians in which St Paul praises God for the blessings bestowed on those he has chosen and redeemed, the pope said a Christian is one who is blessed and thought of fondly by God.
“We, each one of us, has been dreamed of by (God) like a father and a mother dream of the child they are expecting. And this gives us great reassurance,” he said.
As one who “is chosen and dreamed of by God,” true Christians never feels abandoned but live their lives with a sense of belonging, no matter what sins or wrongs they have committed in the past, the pope said.
Picture: Pope Francis greets a baby during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 12th October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).