Pope urges churches to be like the smiling Jesus
by FFE EU News Staff
On Tuesday’s Gospel delivered from the Vatican resident St Martha’s House, Pope Francis urged the Church to be more smiling and be as joyful as Christ.
He said ‘We always think of Jesus when He preaches, when He heals, when He travels, walks along the street, even during the Last Supper… But we aren’t used to thinking about Jesus smiling, joyful.’
The pope said that Jesus was always joyful, especially when it came to the Father. The mystery of Christ’s internal joy in the intimacy with His Father brings the type of peace and joy that the Church should spread to her children.
Pope Francis also explained that the relationship between Jesus and the Church is like that of a man and wife. He added that the joy of the Church lies in being a spouse to the Lord: the joy of being a bride and mother.
The pope quoted one of his predecessors, Paul VI, saying ‘the joy of the Church is precisely to evangelize, to go forth and to speak about her Spouse. And also to transmit that joy to the children that she bears, that she raises.’
He also pointed to Jesus’ words, a ‘dogmatic declaration’ that promises God’s revelation and true peace and joy only to those who continue to pray: ‘You decided to reveal Yourself not to the wise, but to the little ones.’