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Pope reflects on the yoke of Christ

September 14, 2016

Continuing his weekly series of addresses on mercy, Pope Francis devoted his September 14 general audience to the yoke of Christ (Mt. 11:28-30).

“We hear the Lord calling the discouraged, the poor and the little ones to himself, all who – unable to count on powerful connections – can rely solely on God,” the Pope told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, according to the official English-language synthesis of his remarks. “In their powerlessness, they trust in God’s mercy; they come to Jesus who is their only help.”

“In this Jubilee Year pilgrims around the world have been crossing the threshold of a Holy Door of mercy as they seek conversion,” he continued. “In approaching the Lord’s inexhaustible mercy, we will discover his ‘easy yoke’: Jesus who bears the burdens and needs of humanity shows us the way to salvation.”

The Pope added:

[B]y participating in his sufferings, we come to know the will of God for us, we find true rest in him, and are able to share in his plan of salvation. Jesus invites us also to learn from his service of the poor and of all who suffer. When we are tired or despondent, let us not be afraid; for our hope in Christ will never be confounded. Let us therefore come to Christ, trust in him, rest in him and joyously serve him.


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