Pope Francis, in his homily at the Mass at the Casa Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican, speaks about how the Lord consoles and corrects us. He reflects on the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Matthew’s Gospel.

The Lord guides His people, comforts them but also corrects them and punishes them with the tenderness of a father, a shepherd who “carries the lambs in His bosom and leads the ewes with care”. This was the heart of the homily of Pope Francis at Mass as he reflected on the Parable of the Lost Sheep, asking how the Lord comforts and corrects us.

The first reading from the Book of Isaiah speaks about God’s consolation for His people Israel as “a proclamation of hope”. “Comfort, give comfort to my people,”, the prophet echoes the words of God saying the tribulation of Jerusalem is over and her guilt is expiated.

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