Pope Francis has been offering his daily Mass celebrated in the chapel of his Santa Casa Marta residence in the Vatican to all who are affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.
The Masses are being broadcasted on public television and livestreamed on YouTube at 7am Rome time, coming during a Time when most celebrations of Mass have been suspended worldwide to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Yesterday, Pope Francis offered his daily Mass to the elderly, asking we pray for them at a time where they suffer from social isolation and fear.
“Today I would like us to pray for the elderly. They are suffering in a particular way at this moment: with great interior solitude, many times with a lot of fear. Let us pray to the Lord that He might be near our grandparents and all the elderly, that He might give strength to those who have given us wisdom, life, our story. May we also be near them with our prayer.”
Watch the Mass on YouTube below:
A translation of the Holy Father’s full Homily from the Mass above is below:
“Jesus has just given a catechesis on the unity of brothers and He ends it with a beautiful word: ‘Again I say to you, if two of you, two or three, agree and ask for a grace, it will be done for them’ . Unity, friendship, peace between brothers attracts God’s benevolence. And Peter asks the question: ‘Yes, but with persons that offend us, what must we do? If my brother sins against me, offends me, how many times must I forgive him? Seven times?’ And Jesus answers with that word that in their language means ‘always’: ‘Seventy times seven.’ We must always forgive, and it’s not easy, because our egoistic heart is always attached to hatred, to revenge, to resentment. We have all witnessed families destroyed by family hatreds that go back from one generation to another; brothers that, before the coffin of a parent, don’t greet one another because they bear within old resentments. It seems that it’s stronger to attach oneself to hatred than to love and this is, in fact, — let us say it – the treasure of the devil. He always crouches between our resentments, between our hatreds and makes them grow; he keeps them there to destroy, to destroy everything. And many times, he destroys for little things. And destroyed also is this God who did not come to condemn but to forgive. This God who is capable of celebrating for one sinner that comes to Him and He forgets all.
When God forgives us, He forgets all the evil we have done. Someone said: ‘It’s God’s illness,’ He doesn’t have a memory; He is capable of losing His memory in these cases. God loses the memory of the awful stories of many sinners, of our sins. He forgives us and goes forward. He only asks us to ‘Do the same: learn to forgive,’ not to carry forward this unfruitful cross of hatred, of resentment, of ‘he’ll pay for it.’ This word is neither Christian nor human. Jesus’ generosity teaches us that to enter Heaven we must forgive. In fact, He says to us: ‘You go to Mass?’ — ‘Yes’ — but if when you go to Mass you remember that your brother has something against you, first reconcile yourself. Do not come to Me with love for Me in one hand, and hatred for your brother in the other’ — coherence of love, forgiveness, forgiveness from the heart.
There are people that live condemning people, speaking badly of people, constantly soiling their fellow workers, soiling their neighbors, their parents, because they don’t forgive them for some thing done to them, or they don’t forgive something that didn’t please them. It seems that the wealth proper to the devil is this: to sow the love of not forgiving, to live attached to non-forgiveness. But forgiveness is the condition to enter Heaven.
The parable that the Lord tells us is very clear: forgive. May the Lord teach us this wisdom of forgiveness, which isn’t easy; and, let’s do something: when we go to Confession, to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, let’s first ask ourselves: ‘Do I forgive?’ If I feel that I don’t forgive, I must not feign to ask for forgiveness, because I won’t be forgiven; to ask for forgiveness means to forgive, they are both together. They can’t be separated. And those that ask for forgiveness for themselves — as this man whose boss forgives him everything –, but who don’t forgive others, will end up as this man. ‘So will my heavenly Father do to you, if each one of you doesn’t forgive his brothers from his heart.’
May the Lord help us to understand this and to bow our head, and not be proud but to be magnanimous in forgiving; forgive, at least, ‘out of self-interest.’ Why? I must forgive, because if I don’t forgive, I won’t be forgiven — at least this much, but always forgive.”