Pope Francis spends 77th birthday with homeless men as guests

Pope Francis

Newscast Media VATICAN, CITY—While some people derive pleasure from ridiculing
and making fun of homeless people, Pope Francis demonstrated the compassionate
aspect of humanity by having four homeless men as his guests on his birthday. The
occasion was celebrated with Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse. The homeless
men and the pope’s closest collaborators together with staff from the guesthouse, all
greeted him with a birthday song afterwards.

Those present at his morning Mass included Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Secretary
of State and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals. After the
mass, all those present wished the Pope a happy birthday and sang greetings to him
before joining him for breakfast in the Vatican guesthouse.

Today’s reading was centered on the genealogy of Jesus and the Pope used this in
his homily to reflect on God’s enduring presence in our lives throughout history. He
said “God wished to live out his life alongside us” and “took his surname from each of
us.”

“God,” the Pope continued, “has always walked alongside his people,” beginning with
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He did not want to come to redeem us without coming to
live among us and share our lives. The Pope said this long list of God’s people included
“saints and sinners.” The latter included “high level sinners who committed serious sins
and who didn’t listen” to God’s plans for them.

Pope Francis said in addition to accompanying us in our lives our God follows us and in
this way, he displays His humility, His patience and His love for us. He concluded his
homily with “a Christmas wish” for all of us “to allow God to write our lives for us.”

Source: Vatican Radio

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