Vatican City, Dec 26, 2020 / 09:01 am America/Denver (CNA).
Be a witness to Jesus Christ in the way you conduct your ordinary, everyday life, and it will become a masterpiece for God, Pope Francis encouraged Saturday.
Speaking on the Feast of St. Stephen the Martyr Dec. 26, he said, “the Lord wants us to make our lives masterpieces through the ordinary things, the everyday things we do.”
“We are called to bear witness to Jesus right where we live, in our families, at work, everywhere, even just by giving the light of a smile, a light that is not our own – it comes from Jesus,” the pope said in his message before the Angelus prayer, which he gave via livestream from the library of the apostolic palace.
He encouraged everyone to avoid gossip and tattle-taling, and “when we see something that is wrong, instead of criticizing, badmouthing and complaining, let us pray for the one who made a mistake and for the difficult situation,” he advised.
“And when an argument starts at home, instead of trying to win it, let us try to diffuse it; and start over again each time, forgiving the one who offended,” Francis continued, adding that these are “small things, but they change history, because they open the door, they open the window to Jesus’ light.”