By Jim Fair

There is a message in today’s gospel that each person should take to heart: “God loves me.”

That was “today’s sentiment” in the address Pope Francis gave before praying the noonday Angelus with the crowd of faithful pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. It was a smaller — and “socially distanced” — crowd than pre-pandemic times but the Pope is back at his familiar window above the square, speaking to those gathered in the square on the Feast of the Holy Trinity.

“God created the world good, beautiful but, after sin, the world is marked by evil and corruption,” the Holy Father said. “We men and women are all sinners; therefore, God could intervene to judge the world, to destroy evil and punish sinners. Instead, He loves the world, its sins notwithstanding.

“God loves each one of us even when we err and distance ourselves from Him. God the Father so loves the world that, to save it, gave what is most precious to Him: His Only-Begotten Son, who gives his life for men, rises, returns to the Father, and together with Him sends the Holy Spirit. The Trinity, therefore, is Love, altogether at the service of the world, which it wishes to save and recreate. Today, thinking of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we think of God’s love! And it would be good if we felt ourselves loved. ‘God loves me’ this is today’s sentiment.”

Pope Francis concluded with the reminder to those listening that every person can have eternal life through an encounter with Christ: “This is the Christian life. To love, encounter God, seek God, but He seeks us first, He meets us first.”

The Pope’s Full Address

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