Francis: ‘Let’s not resign ourselves to war, peace is possible’

“Dear brothers and sisters, good morning”, the greeting from the window of the apostolic palace is the usual one, “Today’s Gospel” begins the Pope starting the reflection that precedes the recitation of the Angelus, “takes us to Jerusalem in the holiest place, the temple . There around Jesus some people speak of the magnificence of that building, but Jesus says: “Of what you see there will be no stone that will not be destroyed, then he increases the dose by explaining how in history almost everything collapses, there will be, he says, revolutions, wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, persecutions and so it goes on as to say how we must not place too much trust in earthly realities, they pass. These are wise words which, however, can give us a little bitterness: many things already go wrong, why does the Lord also make such negative speeches? In reality, his intent is not to be negative, it is to give us a precious teaching, that is, the way out of all this precariousness “.

The Pope shows the way: “The secret lies in a word quoted in the last sentence of the Gospel:” With your perseverance, you will save your life “. The word indicates to be very severe: but severe, in what sense? With yourself considering yourself not up to par? No. With others becoming rigid and numb? No. Jesus asks us to be strict loyal, persistent, in what is important to him, in what really matters and that sometimes does not coincide with what attracts our interest. We often prioritize the works in our hands, our achievements, our religious and civil traditions, our sacred symbols. These are important things but they pass. Jesus, on the other hand, tells us to concentrate on what remains, so as not to dedicate our lives to something that will later be destroyed like that temple and to forget to build on what will not collapse, on his word, on love, on the good that does not pass away ”.

«Perseverance – he explains – is building good every day, staying constant in good, especially when the surrounding reality pushes us to do something else. Let’s give some examples: I know that praying is important, like everyone else, but I also have a lot to do and so I postpone the prayer. Now I’m busy I can’t, I’ll do it later. Or I see many clever ones who take advantage of situations, who dribble the rules and I too stop observing them to persevere in justice, in legality. If these smart guys do it, so do I. Again, I do a service in the Church, for the community, for the poor but I see that many people in their free time think only of having fun and then I want to do like them because I don’t see results, I get bored, it doesn’t make me happy. . To persevere is to remain in the good. Let us ask ourselves: how is my perseverance? Am I constant or alive in faith, justice, charity according to the moments? If I want to please, if it suits me I am correct, otherwise if I am dissatisfied, if no one thanks me I am bored, I stop. Does my prayer and service depend on circumstances or on a steadfast heart in the Lord? If we persevere Jesus reminds us we have nothing to fear not even in the sad circumstances of life, not even in the evil that we see around us because we remain founded in the good ». «Dostoevskji wrote:“ Do not be afraid of the sins of men, love man even with his sin because this is the reflection of divine love, and the summit of love on earth. Perseverance is the reflection in the world of God’s love, because God’s love is faithful and never changes ».

At the end of the prayer, before greeting the groups of faithful in the square, he addressed a thought to the world: “Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the launch of the Laudato si action platform. which promotes ecological conversion and lifestyles consistent with it. I thank those who participated, there are about 6,000 including individuals, families, associations, businesses, religious, cultural and health institutions: it is an excellent start for a seven-year journey aimed at responding to the cry of the Earth and the poor. I encourage this mission which is crucial for the future of humanity, so that it can foster in all a concrete commitment to the care of creation. In this perspective, I would like to recall the COP27 summit on climate, currently in Egypt, I hope for steps forward with courage, determination, in the wake traced by the Paris agreements. We always remain close to our brothers in the tormented Ukraine, with prayer and concrete solidarity with our Ukrainian brothers. Peace is possible, let’s not resign ourselves to war ».

Francis: ‘Let’s not resign ourselves to war, peace is possible’