God gives us more than we deserve: Pope

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the Angelus address yesterday (Vatican Media)

God’s grace is not something we deserve, but he gives it to us anyway, Pope Francis said yesterday during his weekly Angelus address. Source: CNA.

God’s “action is more than just, in the sense that it goes beyond justice and manifests itself in grace,” the Pope said. “Everything is grace. Our salvation is grace. Our holiness is grace. By giving us grace, he gives us more than we deserve.”

Speaking from a window of the apostolic palace, Pope Francis told those gathered in St Peter’s Square that “God always pays the maximum".

“He does not remain in half payment. He pays everything,” he said.

The Pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from St. Matthew, in which Jesus tells the parable of the landowner who hires laborers to work in his vineyard.

The master hires labourers at different hours, but at the end of the day, he pays each of them the same wage, upsetting those who started working first.

“And here,” the Pope said, “we understand that Jesus is not talking about work and just wages, which is another problem, but about the Kingdom of God and the goodness of the heavenly Father who continually comes out to invite and pays the maximum to everyone.”


Everything is unmerited grace, Pope Francis says (CNA

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