The pope said that this applied not only to God but also to social relations.
“When we seek first and foremost the satisfaction of our needs, we risk using people and exploiting situations for our own ends. How many times have we heard from a person, ‘But this one uses people and then forgets’? Using people for your own profit: that’s bad. And a society that puts interests instead of people at its center is a society that does not generate life,” he commented.
“The Gospel’s invitation is this: rather than being concerned only with the material bread that feeds us, let us welcome Jesus as the bread of life and, starting out from our friendship with Him, learn to love each other. Freely and without calculation. Love given freely without calculation, without using people, with gratuitousness, with generosity, with magnanimity.”
After praying the Angelus, Pope Francis greeted groups of young people gathered in the square from different parts of Italy.
He also acknowledged pilgrims from Peru, noting that the Latin American country had a new president, Pedro Castillo.
“I see some Peruvian flags and I greet you, Peruvians, who have a new president. May the Lord bless your country always,” he said.
Finally, he wished pilgrims a peaceful August, observing that it was currently warm in Rome.
“I wish everyone a good Sunday and a peaceful month of August ... Too hot, but may it be peaceful. Please don’t forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye!”