Just a few days before leaving the Vatican for the Papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the “rest” offered my Jesus Christ.
Speaking during his Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said just as in the time of the Gospel, many people in the poorest countries are burdened by poverty; and even in the richest countries, people face dissatisfaction and depression. He said Jesus says to all of them, “come unto me”.
“In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites all of us to come to him, whatever burdens we may be carrying, whatever labours we may be engaged in, because in him we will find rest,” he said.
But the Pope says there is a condition, to take on the “yoke of Christ”, which is the law of love.
The Holy Father said the true remedy for the wounds of humanity, be they material or psychological and moral, is a rule of life based on love brotherly love, which has its source in God.
Pope Benedict XVI then offered some words to those who will be vacationing this summer.
“At this time of year when so many of you are taking your annual holiday, I pray that you will truly find refreshment for body and spirit and an opportunity to rest in the Lord,” he said.
The Holy Father leaves for Castel Gandolfo on Wednesday, and will deliver next week’s angelus address from the courtyard of the Papal summer residence.
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