The sign of the cross that we learned in childhood makes us feel God’s warmth and fills us with God’s love and mercy.
Christopher Francis – Vatican
Pope Francis said that the sign of the cross is a sign of God’s love for us and helps us to feel his continued warmth.
As he gave a three-time chebur to pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s in Rome on June 4 for the Feast of the Three Gods, the Pope asked each believer to ask himself the question of whether he sees God as love in his life.
Many thousands of pilgrims have gathered in the Holy Bus complex and gave them three times of prayer, Pope Francis pointed out that the sign of the cross that we learned in childhood makes us feel God’s warmth and fills us with God’s love and mercy.
Speaking about the Sunday Gospel text that describes the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus, who was passionate about the mysteries of God the Father, Pope Francis reminded again that Jesus said to Nicodemus that because God loved mankind so much, he sent his only son into this world.
The Pope said that when we think about the father and son that Jesus spoke about his divine father and his immeasurable love, we can understand this relationship from the family that sits around the table to eat together and share life.
Pope Francis also said that the triune God refers to the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Looking at the triune God as the God of unity is not just an image, it is also a reality, because the Holy Spirit poured into our hearts by God through Jesus makes us taste the presence of God who gives us grace, mercy and closeness.
As Jesus did to Nicodemus, we can see that the Holy Spirit is working in each of our hearts through the sign of the cross, Pope Francis said, adding that the cross reminds us that the Father of God gave his only son to die in this world because of his immense love for humanity.
Asking us to ask whether we and our society bear witness to God’s love, the Pope reminded us that giving love involves acting with compassion, keeping our doors open, and making our society a home for all.