Pope Francis asks Christians: “What am I doing today for the Ukrainian people?”

“They all ate and were satisfied” recalled Pope Francis on Corpus Christi Sunday while reflecting on the Gospel story of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish.

POPE FRANCIS
The miracle of the loaves and fish does not happen in a spectacular way, but almost secretly, like the wedding at Cana—the bread increases as it passes from hand to hand. And as the crowd eats, they realize that Jesus is taking care of everything.

Before praying the Angelus, the Pope reflected on the Eucharist, which he said was foreshadowed by the multiplication of the loaves.

POPE FRANCIS
In the Eucharist, everyone can experience the Lord’s loving and concrete attention. Those who receive the Body and Blood of Christ with faith not only eat, but are satisfied. To eat and to be satisfied: these are two basic necessities that are satisfied in the Eucharist.

Adoring the Body and Blood of Christ, let us ask him with our heart: “Lord, give me that daily bread to go forward, Lord, satisfy me with your presence!”

After praying the Angelus, Pope Francis remembered the ongoing conflict in Myanmar and the people suffering there.

POPE FRANCIS
Again from Myanmar comes the cry of pain of so many people who lack basic humanitarian assistance and who are forced to leave their homes that have been burnt down and to flee violence.

After greeting the many groups present in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope turned his attention to the war in Ukraine, and proposed a question.

POPE FRANCIS
And let us not forget the suffering of the Ukrainian people in this moment, a people who are suffering. I would like you all to keep in mind a question: what am I doing today for the Ukrainian people? Do I pray? Am I doing something? Am I trying to understand? What am I doing today for the Ukrainian people? Each one of you, answer in your own heart.

Questions directed not to political leaders, but to each of the faithful.

 

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