Pope Francis has prayed for everyone who is fearful of the future because of the coronavirus outbreak, asking the Lord for help in bearing these worries. Source: CNA.
By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA
“In these days of so much suffering, there is so much fear,” he said yesterday.
“The fear of the elderly, who are alone, in retirement homes, or in the hospital, or in their home and do not know what can happen,” he said. “The fear of unemployed workers who are thinking about how to feed their children and see hunger coming.”
There is also, he said, the fear felt by many social servants who are helping to keep society running, putting themselves at risk to catch the coronavirus.
“Also, the fear – the fears – of each of us,” he noted. “Each of us knows his own. Let us pray to the Lord to help us to trust and to bear and overcome our fears.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis is offering his daily Mass in the chapel of the Vatican’s Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse for all those affected by COVID-19.
In his homily at Mass, the Pope reflected on the day’s first reading from Exodus, when Moses prepares to descend from the mountain where God has given him the 10 Commandments, but the Israelites, freed from Egypt, have created an idol: They are worshiping a golden calf.
The Pope noted that this calf was made from the gold God told them to ask from the Egyptians. “It is a gift of the Lord and with the gift of the Lord they make the idol,” Francis said.
“And this is very bad,” he said, but this “also happens to us: when we have attitudes which lead us to idolatry, we are attached to things which distance us from God, because we make another god and do it with the gifts the Lord has given us.”
“With intelligence, with willpower, with love, with the heart... they are the gifts proper to the Lord which we use for idolatry.”
Religious articles, like an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary or a crucifix, are not idols, he explained, because idols are something in our hearts, hidden.