God wants us to move “beyond the logic of interest and calculation” and enter into a loving relationship with him, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.
In his Angelus address, the Pope said Catholics were called to mature in faith, leaving behind self-interest.
“We are not able to do this on our own. But the Lord wants a loving relationship with us: before the things we receive and do, there is him to love. There is a relationship with him that goes beyond the logic of interest and calculation,” he said.
In his Angelus address, the Pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading, John 6:24-35, in which a crowd seeks out Jesus following the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves.
He noted that Jesus tells the people that they are looking for him “not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.”
The Pope said: “Here then is a first question we can ask ourselves: why do we seek the Lord? Why do we seek the Lord? What are the motivations for my faith, for our faith? We need to discern this because among the many temptations we have in life there is one that we might call idolatrous temptation.”
“It is the one that drives us to seek God for our own use, to solve problems, to have, thanks to him, what we cannot obtain on our own, out of self-interest.”
Pope Francis gave his live-streamed address at a window overlooking St Peter’s Square as he continues to recuperate from colon surgery.