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Angelus: God embraces us and frees us from our sins

Angelus: God embraces us and frees us from our sins

At Sunday's Angelus, Pope Francis reminded us that God loves us so much that he does not want to condemn us to condemn us, but rather to embrace and save us all, ensuring that none of us perish. Even if we feel burdened by sins and errors, Jesus is ready to comfort us and save us.

Charlotta Smedes – Vatican City

This was the comforting message that Pope Francis addressed during his evangelistic reflection on Sunday afternoon to the faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

The Pope was inspired to read today's Gospel from the Gospel of John, which on this fourth Sunday of Great Lent reproduces the image of Nicodemus.

Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save

The Pope pointed out that the Pharisee saw the miracles performed by Jesus and recognized in him a master sent by God, so he went to meet him at night so that no one would see him. The Lord received him, spoke to him, and showed him that he did not come to judge, but to save the world.

Pope Francis said: “Let us stop and reflect on this. Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save. It is a beautiful thing…”

The Pope reminded that “no one is perfect” and that “we are all sinners,” but this does not contradict God’s transcendent love for us.

He embraces us

The Pope noted that “there are no secrets before the Lord,” explaining that God does not point the finger at us, but rather “embraces our lives” and wants to “free us from sins and save us.”

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“Jesus is not interested in trying and condemning us; He does not want any of us to go astray,” he said.

The Pope asked everyone to think about the many times we condemn others or slander them, and encouraged us to ask the Lord to continue to look with mercy at others, as Christ looks at us and others.

Repentance by the grace of the Lord

The Pope said: The Lord’s look at each of us is not a beacon that dazzles us and makes life difficult, but rather the light of a gentle lamp that helps us see the good in us and gain insight into it. evil, so that we may repent and be healed by His grace.”

Pope Francis concluded his speech by urging the faithful to imitate God's love for others and prayed to the Blessed Mother that we might wish the best for each other.