During his daily morning Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis talked about the concept of time, explaining that even though people may think they control it, only God is the true master.
"To understand what road to take in this moment, the grace of discernment and prayer are needed to carry it out well. Although, the ability to recognize and wait for the time, of which only the Lord is the master, Jesus Christ, is not ours by human virtue. The virtue to look at the time must be given, gifted by the Lord and it is hope! Prayer and discernment for the present, hope for time.”
The Pope also encouraged Christians to have hope because it's a virtue that leads to a better understanding of the present.
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Source: Vatican Radio
Pope Francis on Tuesday reminded the faithful that man may think he is the master of the moment, but only Christ is the master of time.
Speaking to those present for the morning Mass in Casa Sanctae Marthae, the Pope said prayer and hope are the tools that come to our aid in every moment of our lives.
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In prayer and with hope we are able to understand and accept the passing of time and to prepare for its end. Prayer – Pope Francis explained – along with discernment helps us to decipher single moments of our lives and guides us towards God. Hope – he said - is the long-range beacon that illuminates our path and that final moment.
Reflecting on the Reading of the Day in which Jesus explains what will happen before the end of humanity and tells those who believe in God not to despair, Pope Francis said God has two reccomendations for us.
He said a Christian is a person who knows how to live the moment and who knows how to live in his or her time. The moment – he added - is what we have in hand right now, but this is not time, the moment passes! Perhaps we feel we are the masters of the moment, but to believe that we are masters of time is a deception, because – Francis said – "time is not ours, time belongs to God!
And quoting Jesus, Pope Francis warned us "not to be deceived for many will come in my name”. But the Christian – he said – is a person who must pray and have discernment to be able to use the precious time that God gives each of us, and to have hope for the time of God.
So – Pope Francis concluded - the Lord give us the grace to walk with wisdom, this is something we must do with prayer and discernment, and he gives us hope with which to live our lives within his greater design.