Vatican City, Mar 13, 2020 / 04:03 am
Pope Francis offered his Mass on Friday for pastors, that they might discern well the proper measures to take to protect their parishioners during the coronavirus crisis without leaving them feeling abandoned.
“May the Lord give [pastors] the strength and also the ability to choose the best means to help,” the pope said at the beginning of Mass March 13.
“Drastic measures are not always good,” he added.
“Let’s pray for this, that the Holy Spirit may give to pastors the ability for pastoral discernment so that they might provide measures which do not leave the holy, faithful people of God alone, and so that the people of God will feel accompanied by their pastors, comforted by the Word of God, by the sacraments, and by prayer.”
Pope Francis is offering his daily Mass this week for victims of coronavirus and their families.
The 7:00 am Mass is being livestreamed every day from the chapel of the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta guesthouse, where the pope lives.
In his homily March 13, Francis reflected on the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, and the parable of the vineyard owner, whose tenants killed his son to take his inheritance.
The readings are “a prophecy of the Lord’s passion,” the pope said. “Joseph sold as a slave for 20 silver shekels, handed over to the pagans. And the parable of Jesus, which clearly speaks symbolically of the killing of the Son.”