Pope Francis: ‘Trust frees, fear paralyzes’

In the parable from Matthew’s Gospel, the master gives his servants different talents (which in the parable refers to monetary units), reflecting the individuality of each servant. The master upon his return from a journey notes that two of the servants increased the talents while the other, acting out of fear, merely preserved it by burying it.

In this way, the Holy Father said that it is not enough to act out of fear, but to trust in the Lord and in the gifts he has given us. 

Trust is a reciprocal process. Since the Lord trusts us by giving us certain aptitude and talents, there is a moment where we have to ask, “Do I trust in Him to the point of putting myself on the line, without being discouraged, even when the results are neither certain nor to be taken for granted? Can I say every day in prayer, ‘Lord, I trust in You!’?”

“As a Church: do we cultivate a climate of trust and mutual esteem in our environments, which unlocks people and stimulates the creativity of love in everyone?” continued the pope. 

At the end of the Angelus the Holy Father made an appeal for those suffering in Myanmar. In 2021 the military in Myanmar staged a coup d’état and vested power in a junta, which has led to a crackdown on dissenters leading to mass arrests, tortures, and killings. 

“I renew my closeness to the dear people of Myanmar, who unfortunately continue to suffer due to violence and abuse.”

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