MAN’S REAL TREASURE
IS GOD’S LOVE
Pope Francis Angelus Message
Man’s real treasure” is “God’s love”, which “gives meaning to our day-to-day tasks”, to our “struggles” and “falls”, and “also helps us to face great challenges”. These were the words of Pope Francis during the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square.
“Let me ask you, where is your treasure? For you, what is the most important, the most precious, reality? The reality that your heart is drawn to like a magnet? Is it the love of God?”, the Pope said, commenting on the day’s Gospel, which “speaks to us of the desire to truly meet with Christ”.
“Someone may come back to me saying, ‘but Father, I have a job and a family. The most important reality for me is to work and to look after my loved ones…’ That’s right of course, but what is the force that keeps the family together? It is God’s love itself that gives meaning to our little day-to-day tasks.
And this same love helps us to face our greatest challenges. That is man’s real treasure”. “Get on with your life showing love, the same love that God sowed in our hearts”, he said with a hand gesture. And as the pontiff said, “God’s love is not something vague, a generic feeling; God’s love has a name and a face: Jesus Christ”.“Because we cannot simply love the air around us, we love other people and that person we love is Jesus”, he said.
He went on to explain, “this is a love which gives value and beauty to everything else: to our families, jobs, study,
friendships, art – to every human activity”.Furthermore, Pope Bergoglio added that it even gives hope to “our negative
experiences, because it allows us to overcome them,to avoid being imprisoned by evil, it helps us to move on, to open
ourselves up to hope, to the final horizon of our pilgrimage”. In this way, even our struggles and falls become meaningful.