Voice of pope Francis, God loves us the way we are

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Zacchaeus couldn’t see the Master because he was little.  Even today we can risk not getting close to Jesus because we don’t feel big enough, because we don’t think ourselves worthy.  This is a great temptation; it has to do not only with self-esteem, but with faith itself.  For faith tells us that we are “children of God… that is what we are” (1 Jn 3:1).  We have been created in God’s own image; Jesus has taken upon himself our humanity and his heart will never be separated from us; the Holy Spirit wants to dwell within us.  We have been called to be happy for ever with God!  That is our real “stature”, our spiritual identity: we are God’s beloved children, always.  So you can see that not to accept ourselves, to live glumly, to be negative, means not to recognize our deepest identity.  It is like walking away when God wants to look at me, trying to spoil his dream for me.  God loves us the way we are, and no sin, fault or mistake of ours makes him change his mind.  As far as Jesus is concerned – as the Gospel shows – no one is unworthy of, or far from, his thoughts.  No one is insignificant.  He loves all of us with a special love; for him all of us are important: you are important!  God counts on you for what you are, not for what you possess.  In his eyes the clothes you wear or the kind of cell phone you use are of absolutely no concern.  He doesn’t care whether you are stylish or not; he cares about you, just as you are!  In his eyes, you are precious, and your value is inestimable. (Homily, Sunday, 31 July 2016 ).

 

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