By Thaddeus Jones
Nov 20 2023
Pope Francis presides at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the World Day of the Poor. He recalls the journey of Jesus who “became poor in order to make us rich” and our own life journey in which we are called to “offer the wealth of charity, share our bread and multiply love.”
In his homily during the Mass for the World Day of the Poor taking place in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis reflected on two aspects of the Sunday Gospel reading recounting the parable of the talents: the journey of Jesus and the journey of our lives.
Talents given according to the ability of each
Describing the journey of Jesus in his incarnation, resurrection and ascension into heaven, Pope Francis said Jesus has left us his “wealth”, recalling the Eucharist, his words of life, “his holy Mother to be our Mother”, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He explained how all of these gifts or “talents” are freely offered so that we can continue His work on earth in our own “personal mission that the Lord entrusts to us in our daily lives, in society and in the Church.”