Vatican City, Jul 2, 2017 / 04:25 am
On Sunday, Pope Francis said that everyone – lay or religious – must put their relationship with Jesus above all else; and striving to do this, even imperfectly, will help them to be like Christ to the world.
"People need to perceive that for that disciple, Jesus is truly 'Lord,' he is truly the center of his life, the whole of his life. It does not matter if, like every human person, he has his limits and even his mistakes – provided he has the humility to recognize them," the Pope said July 2.
"Any disciple, a layman, a laywoman, a priest, a bishop: a prioritized relationship. Perhaps the first question we need to ask a Christian is: 'But do you meet with Jesus? Do you pray to Jesus?' The relationship."
Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square about the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus in the life of a disciple. Before leading the Angelus, he reflected on the day's reading from the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus sends his disciples out to be missionaries for the first time.