MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
Salvation according to
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n.
16, 17 April 2013)
“The Lord does not save us with a letter, with a decree, but has
already saved us” and continues to save us with “his love”; he restores to human
beings their “dignity and hope”. During morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae
Marthae, on Wednesday, 10 April, Pope Francis spoke about the most authentic
expression of Christian salvation: that for love of us, God through his only
begotten Son “became one of us, walked among us”.
At Easter man is restored to his lost dignity and is,
consequently, “given hope”. This, he explained, “is salvation. The Lord gives us
the dignity we have lost”. This, the Pope said, “ is the road of salvation, and
it is beautiful: love alone makes it so. We are worthy, we are men and women of
It happens, however, that at times “we want to save ourselves
and we believe that we can. Maybe we don't exactly say it, but that’s how we
live”. For example when we think: “I can save myself with money. I am secure, I
have some money, there is no problem... I have dignity: the dignity of being
rich”. But, Pope Francis warned, all that “is not enough. Think of the Gospel
parable, of that man who had the full granary and said: ‘I will make another, to
have more and more, and then I will sleep peacefully”. And the Lord responds:
‘You fool! You will die tonight’. That kind of salvation is wrong, it is
The Pope then invited everyone to make “an act of faith”,
saying: “Lord, I believe. I believe in your love. I believe that your love has
saved me. I believe that your love has given me a dignity that I did not have. I
believe that your love gives me hope”. It is, he said, “beautiful to believe in
love”, because “it is the truth. It is the truth of our life”.
Concelebrating among others were: Cardinals Angelo Sodano, Dean
of the College of Cardinals, and Angelo Comastri, President of the Fabric of St
Peter; Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli — appointed by Pope Bergoglio as his
successor in the See of Buenos Aires.