Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 01 August |
Saint of the Day: St. Alphonsus Liguori
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Pope Francis: Jesus Shows Us His Mercy by Teaching Us The Truth

© Antoine Mekary / Aleteia

Diane Montagna - published on 07/20/15

At Sunday Angelus, pope entrusts apostolic visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe

VATICAN CITY — In his first major public address since his return from an intense apostolic voyage to Latin America, Pope Francis said Jesus shows us his mercy by teaching us the truth, and he entrusted the fruits of his visit to his homeland to Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

Speaking to pilgrims at the Angelus in a hot St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope commented on the day’s Gospel from St. Mark (6:30-34). The Gospel account opens with Jesus’ compassion for the Apostles after their return from mission, as he takes them away “to a secluded place to rest a while.”

Yet the people discover where Jesus goes, and follow him. And here, Pope Francis said, the evangelist “offers us an image of Jesus of unique intensity, ‘taking a snaphot’ of his eyes, as it were, and capturing the sentiments of his heart.” 

The evangelist says: “As he landed he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things” (v. 34).

The Holy Father called the the three verbs used by St. Mark — to see, to have compassion, and to teach — the “verbs of the Shepherd.” Jesus does not look on the people as a “sociologist or a photojournalist,” he said. Instead, “he always looks with ‘the eyes of the heart’.” 

Likewise, the compassion Jesus feels for the crowd “is not just a human sentiment,” he noted. Rather, it is the emotion of the Messiah in whom the tenderness of God became flesh.”

Jesus’ compassion leads him “to feed the crowd with the bread of his word,” Pope Francis said. In other words, Jesus shows us his mercy through doctrine, i.e. by teaching us the truth.

Having just returned from an intense visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, Pope Francis said he had asked the Lord “that the Spirit of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, this Spirit, might guide [him] along the course of the apostolic voyage.”

After reiterating his appreciation to the bishops, priests, religious, and laity of Latin America for their warm welcome, the Pope spoke of the challenges facing his homeland. 

“The continent of Latin America has great human and spiritual potential,” he said. “It preserves and safeguards deeply rooted Christian values, but it also experiences serious social and economic problems.” To contribute to a solution, he added, “the Church is committed to mobilizing spiritual and moral strength of her communities,” by collaborating with all facets of society.

After touching down in Rome last Monday, Pope Francis paid a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to venerate the icon of Our Lady “Salus Populo Romani,” before returning home to the Vatican.

He concluded his Sunday Angelus address by entrusting the fruits of his voyage to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay to the Blessed Virgin, saying: “To the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, which the whole of Latin America venerates as patroness under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I entrust the fruits of this unforgettable apostolic visit.”

Diane Montagnais Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.

Our Lady of GuadalupePope FrancisSunday Readings
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
Mathilde De Robien
Did you know Princess Di was buried with a rosary?
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
Lauren Daigle
J-P Mauro
After 3 years Lauren Daigle ousts herself from #1 Billboard spot
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.