Choose to be guided by the star of Jesus, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus of the Epiphany today. "Even if there are several stars in our life, it's up to us to choose which to follow... There are flashing lights that come and go, like the small pleasures of life: although good, they are not enough... "the Holy Father said.
The Magi invite us to follow the true light that is Lord - said Pope Francis - "a light that does not dazzle, but it accompanies and gives a unique joy. Follow today, among the many shooting stars in the world, the bright star of Jesus! Following it, we will have the joy, like that of the Magi."
"I would like, the Pope said, to invite everyone not to be afraid of this light and open up to the Lord. Above all I would say to those who have lost the strength to look, to those who, are dominated by the darkness of life, ...Courage, the light of Jesus can overcome the darkest darkness. "
"We learn from the Magi not to devote to Jesus only spare time and some thoughts every now and then..."
Concluding the Angelus, Pope Francis gave all those present in St Peter's Square a small booklet on Mercy which was distributed by more than 300 poor people present in St Peter's Square to whom the Pope later offered lunch.
"The Magi offered their gifts to Jesus, And speaking of gifts, I thought I'd give you a little gift: The 'Icons of mercy' booklet. The gift of God is Jesus, the Father's mercy; and so, to remember this gift of God, I will give this gift that will be distributed by the poor, the homeless and refugees along with many volunteers and religious whom I cordially greet and thank you wholeheartedly. "
Source: Vatican Radio