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Deacons are called to be servants, Pope preaches at jubilee Mass

May 30, 2016

As part of the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy, deacons from around the world gathered in Rome on May 28 for a three-day jubilee of deacons.

The following morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Square and called upon deacons to imitate and proclaim Christ by being servants.

“If evangelizing is the mission entrusted at baptism to each Christian, serving is the way that mission is carried out,” the Pope preached. “It is the only way to be a disciple of Jesus.”

We become “good and faithful servants,” the Pope continued, by being available to others, by being meek, and by being healed by Christ.

The Pope stated:

A servant daily learns detachment from doing everything his own way and living his life as he would. Each morning he trains himself to be generous with his life and to realize that the rest of the day will not be his own, but given over to others. One who serves cannot hoard his free time; he has to give up the idea of being the master of his day. He knows that his time is not his own, but a gift from God which is then offered back to him. Only in this way will it bear fruit.

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