World Day of the Poor Announced

Holy Father’s Message for the First World Day of the Poor, 13.06.2017

 

The following is the full text of the Message of the Holy Father Francis for the First World Day of the Poor, to be held on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – this year on 19 November 2017 – on the theme, Let us love, not with words but with deeds:

 

Message of the Holy Father

Let us love, not with words but with deeds

1. “Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn 3:18). These words of the Apostle John voice an imperative that no Christian may disregard. The seriousness with which the “beloved disciple” hands down Jesus’ command to our own day is made even clearer by the contrast between the empty words so frequently on our lips and the concrete deeds against which we are called to measure ourselves. Love has no alibi. Whenever we set out to love as Jesus loved, we have to take the Lord as our example; especially when it comes to loving the poor. The Son of God’s way of loving is well-known, and John spells it out clearly. It stands on two pillars: God loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:10.19), and he loved us by giving completely of himself, even to laying down his life (cf. 1 Jn 3:16).

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