During the Angelus, the pope recalled that God sometimes calls for a total commitment that requires sacrifices, just as the disciples did.
Our attitude, at times, might be rejection. ‘No… I am afraid.’ Rejection because it seems to be in contrast to our aspirations. Also fear, because we believe it is too demanding and uncomfortable: ‘Oh no, I will never be able to do it, better not to, a calmer life is better… God over there, me here.’ However, God’s call is always love. We must try to discover the love behind every call, and it should be responded to only with love.
He also recalled that the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins and ends on January 25 with the commemoration of the conversion of St. Paul. He said it is an important event and asked for support.
In these days, let us pray together so that Jesus’s desire might be accomplished:“That all may be one.” Unity, which is always superior to conflict.
At the end of the prayer, the pope expressed profound sadness regarding two major tragedies in Indonesia: an earthquake that struck Sulawesi and a plane crash that claimed the lives of more than 60 people.
Translation: Christian Campos