God became man in order to weep for his lost children who, through the idolatry of money, have left countless innocents dead because of war and arms trafficking, Pope Francis said.
Like the father of the prodigal son, who would watch waiting and hoping for his son’s return, Jesus reflects “the tenderness of God” who looks at his people and weeps, the pope said during his morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on 27th October.
“A father who does this is a father who lives in mourning, waiting for his son to return. This is the cry of God the Father,” he said.
Pope Francis focused his homily on the day’s Gospel reading from St Luke (13: 31-35) in which Jesus dismisses warnings that his life is in danger and looks toward Jerusalem, saddened by the disbelief of its inhabitants.
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!” Jesus said.
Picture: Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).