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 employed, saying:
“In these days, many people have lost their jobs, many have not been re-employed, or are working ‘under the table.'”
He urged the Faithful the world over to “pray for these brothers and sisters of ours who are suffering because of lack of work.”
Many people have recently lost their jobs. Let us #PrayTogether for our brothers and sisters who are suffering for lack of employment.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 11, 2020
Watch the Mass on YouTube below:
A translation of the Holy Father’s full Homily from the Mass above is below:
“The passage of today’s Gospel is Jesus’ taking leave at the Supper (Cf. John 14:21-26). The Lord ends with these verses: “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (vv. 25-26). It’s the promise of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit that dwells us and that the Father and Son send. Whom “the Father will send in my name,” says Jesus, to accompany us in life. And we call Him Paraclete. This is the office of the Holy Spirit. In Greek, the Paraclete is He who supports one. And the Lord promised us this support that is God as He : it is the Holy Spirit. What does the Holy Spirit do in us? The Lord tells us: “He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (v. 26). To teach and to recall: this is the office of the Holy Spirit. He teaches us; He teaches us the mystery of the faith; He teaches us to enter in the mystery, and understand the mystery a bit more. He teaches us Jesus’ doctrine and He teaches us how to develop our faith without erring, because the doctrine grows, but always in the same direction: it grows in understanding. And the Spirit helps us to grow in understanding of the faith, to understand it more, to understand what the faith says. Faith isn’t something static; doctrine isn’t something static, it grows. It grows as trees grow, always the same but larger, with fruit, but always the same, in the same direction. And the Holy Spirit avoids the doctrine erring; it avoids it remaining still there, without growing in us. He will teach us what Jesus has taught us, He will develop in us understanding of what Jesus has taught us, He will make the Lord’s doctrine grow in us to maturity.
And another thing that Jesus says the Holy Spirit does is to recall: He “will bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (v. 26). The Holy Spirit is like the memory, He awakens us: ”But remember this, remember that.” He keeps us awake, always awake in the things of the Lord and He also makes us remember our life. “Think of that moment, think when you encountered the Lord; think when you left the Lord.” I once heard that a person was praying before the Lord thus: “Lord, I am the same as I was as a child, as a boy, I had these dreams. Then I went on erroneous ways. Now You have called me.” I am the same: this is the memory of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. He leads one to the memory of salvation, to the memory of what Jesus has taught, but also to the memory of one’s own life. And this made me think — what this gentleman was saying — of a good way of praying, of looking at the Lord: “I am the same. I have walked so much, I have made many mistakes, but I am the same and You love me.” The memory of way of life, and the Holy Spirit guides us in this memory: He guides us to discern; to discern what I must do now, what the right way is and what the mistaken way is, also in small decisions. If we ask the Holy Spirit for light, He will help us to discern to make true decisions, the every day small ones and the bigger ones. He is the one that accompanies us; He sustains us in discernment. That is, the Spirit that teaches, that will teach us everything, namely, that makes faith grow, that introduces us in the mystery, the Spirit that reminds us. He recalls the faith, He recalls our life, and it’s the Spirit that in this teaching, in this remembrance, teaches us to discern the decisions we must make. And to this the Gospels give a name to the Holy Spirit: yes, Paraclete, because He supports us, but another more beautiful name: He is the Gift of God. The Spirit is the Gift of God. The Spirit is in fact the Gift. I will not leave you alone. I will send a Paraclete that will support you and help you to go forward, to remember, to discern and to grow. The Holy Spirit is the Gift of God.
May the Lord help us to guard this Gift that he gave us in Baptism and that we all have within.”