Vatican City, Apr 24, 2020 / 04:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis prayed that God would give pastors the courage to be close to their people as he celebrated Mass Friday.
The pope asked that the Lord would “above all teach us not to be afraid of God's people, not to be afraid to be close to them.”
Speaking from the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, his Vatican residence, April 24, he said that pastors must avoid becoming mere “pastoral business managers” as Jesus wants every priest to have a “shepherd’s heart”.
“The power of the pastor is service,” he said. “He has no other power. When you begin to make mistakes taking other powers your vocation is ruined.”
In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel, John 6:1-15, in which Jesus used five loaves and two fish to feed a large crowd. He noted that the disciples were tired and did not want the crowd to come between them and the Lord. By contrast, Jesus sought to be close to the people and to teach the disciples how to become true pastors.