EXCERPTS FROM POPE FRANCIS’ HOMILY
ROME, MARCH 27, 2020
You ask us not be afraid, yet our faith is weak and we are fearful.
But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. (Mark 4:35-41)
When evening had come….
For weeks now, it has been evening.
Like the disciples in the Gospel, we were caught off guard by an unexpected turbulent storm.
We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented,
but at the same time, important and needed, all of us called to row together.
On this boat…are all of us.
We too, have realized…that only together can we do this!
In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we can camouflage our egos, has fallen away,
uncovering once more that blessed, common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.
God invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength and meaning to these hours,
when everything seems to be floundering.
God calls us to reawaken and revive our Easter faith.
We have a hope: by His Cross we have been healed and embraced, so that nothing and no one can separate us from His redeeming love.
In the midst of isolation, when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: He is Risen and is living by our side. Let us allow hope to be rekindled.
Embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us to protect ourselves and others.
Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope:
That is the strength of faith, which frees us from all fear and gives us hope.
Dear brothers and sisters,
I entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the Stormy Sea.
From this colonnade that embraces the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon us as a consoling embrace.
Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts.
You ask us not to be afraid, yet our faith is weak, and we are fearful.
But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm.
Tell us again: “Do not be afraid.” (Mt. 28.5)
(original text: Italian)