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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Only Jesus, in his infinite mercy, would die for sinners, pope says

Going to Mass regularly, praying and doing good works are not enough to make a person a good Christian, Pope Francis said.

One must truly enter into the mystery of Jesus Christ’s precious gift of “loving me” so much, “he gave himself” and was crucified and died for everyone’s sins, the pope said in his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 24th October.

It might be possible to find someone who would be willing to die for another person who was good and righteous, the pope said. But only Jesus Christ was willing to give his life “for a sinner like me.”

That is the mystery that Christians must pray and reflect upon because it defies all understanding and logic, he said.

People may think of themselves as “a good Christian, ‘I go to Mass every Sunday, I do works of mercy, I recite prayers, I educate my children.’ And this is great,” he said. “But the question I have is, ‘You do all of this, but have you ever entered into the mystery of Jesus Christ?'”

Picture: A crucifix is seen in Pontchateau, France, on 24th August. Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 24th October that one must truly enter into the mystery of Jesus Christ’s precious gift of “loving me” so much, “he gave himself” and was crucified and died for everyone’s sins. (CNS photo/Stephane Mahe, Reuters).