Pope Francis warned against the temptations to ignore the suffering of others during the coronavirus pandemic and said that things will get better in the new year.
“We don’t know what 2021 has in store for us, but what each of us and all of us together can do is to commit ourselves a little more to take care of each other and of creation, our common home,” the Pope said in a live video broadcast from the Apostolic Palace.
The Pope also reiterated his appeal to put the weakest and most disadvantaged at the center. He said that there is a temptation to take care of only one’s own interests during the pandemic and “to live hedonistically, that is, seeking only to satisfy our own pleasure.” (Read: 3 Powerful Prayers for Unity Among People)
Sick and Unemployed
In the same address, the Pope made a special greeting to those who began the new year with greater difficulties— specifically the sick and the unemployed.
“I like to think that when the Lord prays to the Father for us, He does not merely speak: He makes Him see the wounds of the flesh, He makes Him see the wounds He suffered for us,” he said. “This is Jesus: with His flesh, He is the intercessor, he wanted to bear even the signs of suffering.” (Read: 3 Family Prayers to Start the New Year Right)
A Promise of Hope
Pope Francis encouraged everyone to pause in silence before the nativity to “savor the tenderness of God who became near, who became flesh.”
The Pope also expressed his closeness to families with young children and to those who are expecting, adding “a birth is always a promise of hope.” (Read: What Does Christmas in the Vatican Look Like?)
“May the Holy Mother of God, in whom the Word became flesh, help us to welcome Jesus, who knocks on the door of our hearts to dwell with us,” Pope Francis said.