The first Angelus Pope Francisco: “The Lord never tires of forgiving”
March 17, 2013
Pope Francisco offered today before more than 100,000 people his first Angelus at St. Peter Square.
“The Lord never tires of forgiving, ever! We are who got tired of wanting to be forgiven,” said Pope Francis during his homily at the Mass he celebrated on Sunday at the Church of Santa Ana, in which he reflected on the passage of the adulterous woman to whom the people wanted to condemn and Jesus said: “Whoever is without sin cast the first stone”.
Francis Pope defended the great mercy of God, and that Jesus is coming “not for the righteous but for sinners” and warned that today’s society is a bit like this people of the Gospel passage. “We also believe that we are the people who, on the one hand, we hear Jesus but then, we like to condemn others.”
The Pontiff said in this passage, “the people left Jesus alone with the woman but in a fruitful solitude, the prayer of the Father and of mercy to this woman. So, while the people who followed Jesus wanted to hear, had not heard anything other than they could not hear and that are the ones to insult and condemn the woman.”
Therefore, he stressed that the message of Jesus in this Gospel is ‘very strong’: “Mercy” and stressed that only when one recognizes the sinner, not the Pharisee who before the altar thanked God for not being as this or that, and Lord knows the “joy of this mercy.”