“This is where faith is born and reborn: not from a duty, not from something that is to be done or paid for, but from a look of love to be welcomed. In this way, Christian life becomes beautiful, if it is based not on our abilities and our plans, but on God’s gaze.”
The pope said that in the third and final step, Jesus invited the young man to give generously of himself to others.
“It is perhaps what we are missing too. Often, we do the bare minimum, whereas Jesus invites us to do the maximum possible,” he commented.
“How many times are we satisfied with doing our duties — the precepts, a few prayers, and so on — whereas God, who gives us life, asks us for the impetus of life!”
The pope noted that in the Gospel reading, Jesus began by listing the Commandments and ended with a “positive proposal.”
He said: “Faith cannot be limited to ‘do not,’ because Christian life is a ‘yes,’ a ‘yes’ of love.”
Concluding his meditation, he said: “A faith without giving, without works of charity, in the end makes us sad: just like that man whose ‘face fell’ and returned home ‘sorrowful,’ even though he had been looked upon with love by Jesus in person.”
“Today we can ask ourselves: At what point is my faith? Do I experience it as something mechanical, like a relationship of duty or interest with God? Do I remember to nourish it by letting myself be looked at and loved by Jesus? … And, attracted by him, do I respond freely, with generosity, with my whole heart?”
After praying the Angelus, Pope Francis welcomed two beatifications taking place this weekend.
He said: “Yesterday, in Naples, Maria Lorenza Longo, a 16th-century wife and mother of a family, was beatified. A widow, she founded in Naples the Hospital for the Incurables and the Capuchin Poor Clares.”
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“A woman of great faith and intense prayer life, she did all she could for the needs of the poor and the suffering.”
He added: “Today, in Tropea, Calabria, Fr. Francesco Mottola, founder of the Oblates of the Sacred Heart, who died in 1969, was beatified.”
“A zealous pastor and tireless proclaimer of the Gospel, he was an exemplary witness of a priesthood lived in charity and contemplation.”
After asking for a round of applause for the new blesseds, the pope noted that Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day, marked by the Vatican with a message by Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
The pope acknowledged those suffering from mental health issues, as well as suicide victims, including young people.
“Let us pray for them and their families, that they will not be left alone or discriminated against, but welcomed and supported,” he said.
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