Lord Jesus Christ, you always did the will of your Father, and you were always open to his call, faithful to the end. Through the power of the Eucharist, inspire me this day with a heart like yours, ready, open and faithful. Like Mary, your mother, may I bring your love to those I meet.
With Mary, the mother of our Lord and of the Church, I pray especially for the Pope’s intentions this month;
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.
These words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, clearly shown us the direction that his papacy is taking. He speaks from a profound insight into the needs of the poor which can only be found in someone who has engaged with the poor on a regular basis.
At his Inauguration Mass the Pope developed this point by saying ‘[The Pope] must open his arms to protect all of God's people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison (cf. Mt 25:31-46). Only those who serve with love are able to protect!’
As Christians, we should draw inspiration from these words as we try to serve the poor and the suffering. Sadly, there are many people in these circumstances today. They need of our help. We pray for the courage to reach out to them in a spirit of true Christian love.
We can make a real difference to our families and to our communities by reaching out to those in need wherever we may find them.
Rev Deacon Gerard Reilly