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.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered his daily Mass to students, teachers, and professors – saying:
“Let us pray today for students, the boys and girls who study, and for their teachers, who need to find new ways to continue educating.”
He urged the Faithful the world over to pray that “the Lord help them on this path and grant them courage and success.”
Watch the Mass on YouTube below:
A translation of the Holy Father’s full Homily from the Mass above is below:
The Lord returns to His “abide in Me,” and says to us: “Christian life is to abide in Me” — to abide (Cf. John 15:1-8). And He uses here the image of the vine, as the branches abide in the vine. And this abiding isn’t a passive abiding, a falling asleep in the Lord: this would be, perhaps, a “beatific sleep,” but it isn’t this. This abiding is an active abiding; it’s also a mutual abiding, why? Because He says: “Abide in Me, and I in you” (v. 4). He also abides in us, not only we in Him. It’s a mutual abiding. In another part He says: My Father and I “will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:23). This is a mystery, but it’s a mystery of life, a most beautiful mystery is this mutual abiding. Also with the example of the branches: it’s true, without the vine the branches can do nothing because the lymph doesn’t flow; they need lymph to grow and bear fruit. However, the tree, the vine needs the branches, because fruits aren’t attached to the tree, to the vine. It’s a mutual need; it’s a mutual abiding to bear fruit.
And this is the Christian life: it’s true that Christian life is to obey the Commandments (Cf. Exodus 20:1-11); this must be done. Christian life is to follow the way of the Beatitudes (Cf. Matthew 5:1-13); this must be done. Christian life is to carry out works of mercy, as the Lord teaches us in the Gospel (Cf. Matthew 25:35-36), and this must be done. But, it’s more: it is this mutual abiding. Without Jesus, we can do nothing, as the branches without the vine. And He — may the Lord permit me to say it — seems unable to do anything without us, because the branch bears the fruit, not the tree, not the vine. In this community, in this intimacy of “fruitful abiding,” the Father and Jesus abide in me and I abide in Them.
There comes to mind, what is the “need” that the vine’s tree has of the branches? It’s to have fruits. What is the “need” — let’s say it thus, with a little daring — what is the “need” that Jesus has of us? Witness. When He says in the Gospel that we are light — He says: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16), that is, witness is the need that Jesus has of us. To give witness of His name, because faith, the Gospel grows through witness.
This is a mysterious way: Jesus glorified in Haven, after having gone through the Passion, is in need of our witness to make grow, to proclaim, for the Church to grow. And this is the mutual mystery of “abiding.” He, the Father and the Spirit abide in us, and we abide in Jesus.
It will do us good to think and reflect on this: to abide in Jesus; and Jesus abides in us. To abide in Jesus is to have the lymph, the strength, to have justification, gratuitousness for having fecundity. And He abides in us to give us the strength to [bear] fruit (Cf. John 5:15), to give us the strength to witness with which the Church grows. And I ask myself the question: how is the relationship between Jesus, who abides in me, and me, who abide in Him? It’s a relationship of intimacy, a mystical relationship, a relationship without words. “But Father, let the mystics do this!” No, this is for all of us, with little thoughts: “Lord, I know that You are there: give me the strength and I will do what You’ll say to me. But I must abide in Them.
May the Lord help us to understand, to feel this mysticism of abiding on which Jesus insists so much, so much, so much. Often, when we speak of the vine and the branches, we stop at the figure, at the profession of the farmer, of the Father: that [branch] that bears fruit he cuts, namely, he prunes, and what he doesn’t prune he cuts and throws away (Cf. John 15:1-2). It’s true, He does this, but it isn’t all, no. There is something more; this is help: the trials, the difficulties of life, also the correction that the Lord does to us. However, let us not stop there. Between the vine and the branches there is this intimate abiding. We, the branches, are in need of the lymph, and the vine needs the fruits of witness.”