POPE FRANCIS – today’s Angelus Address: “the goodness of God, “knows no boundaries and does not discriminate against anyone, everyone is given the opportunity to respond to his invitation, to his call”.

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis during his Angelus Address on Sunday said, “the goodness of God, “knows no boundaries and does not discriminate against anyone, everyone is given the opportunity to respond to his invitation, to his call”.

From the window of his studio overlooking Saint Peter’s Square during his Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew,  in which the King issues an invitation to a wedding feast which is rejected by some and accepted by others.

The Pope explained that the invitation had three characteristics, those of gratuity, breadth and universality.

He went on to say that “none of the chosen ones accept to take part in the feast, they say they have other plans, and indeed some show indifference, alienation, even annoyance.” The Pope then recounted how despite this rejection, the King is not discouraged, “he does not cancel the party, but extends his invitation beyond all reasonable limits and sends his servants into the streets and to the crossroads to gather all those they find.” Pope Francis then added  “ the Gospel, rejected by some, is unexpectedly welcome in so many other hearts”.

The goodness of God, underlined the Pope “knows no boundaries and does not discriminate against anyone, everyone is given the opportunity to respond to his invitation, to his call”

He continued by saying that “we need to open ourselves to the peripheries, recognizing that even those who are on the margins, even those who are despised and rejected by society, are the object God’s generosity.

Following the recitation of the Marian prayer Pope Francis turned he attention to the recent floods in Genoa saying, his prayers were with “the victims and for those who have suffered serious damage.”

He also recalled the beatification of Fr. Francesco Zirano, who died for refusing to renounce his faith adding that his courageous fidelity to Christ was an act of great eloquence, especially in the context of ruthless persecution against Christians”.

(from Vatican Radio)

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