God did not send His Son to crush the wicked, but to call them to conversion says Pope Francis

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Pope Francis while delivering a weekly sermon to the general audience emphasized on God’s divine purpose behind sending His Son, he laid emphasis that Lord Jesus did not come to crush the sinners but to save them. “God did not send His Son to punish sinners and crush the wicked. Rather he came to invite them to conversion, so that they too could turn back to God,” he said.

Pope Francis delivers sermon in Vatican

He was delivering a sermon with reference to Scriptures in Matthew 11:2-6. “In our Gospel passage this morning, John the Baptist sends his disciples to ask Jesus if he is the Messiah, since Jesus’ ministry was not what John anticipated; it did not correspond to his expectation of God’s justice,” the Pontiff told the crowds who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

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“Jesus responds by telling the disciples to report what they see and hear: the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the Gospel is proclaimed to the poor,” he continued, “Jesus shows himself to be the instrument of God’s mercy; he manifests God’s justice by bringing his consolation and salvation to all.”

The Pontiff further continued in his homily saying: “Blessed is he who takes no offense at me” (Mt 11:6), who does not see in me any obstacle. This happens when we have a false image of the Messiah, when we construct our own image of God, which prevents us from experiencing his real presence among us.

Every time we reduce him to our ideas and whims, use his name to justify our interests, seek him only in times of difficulty, then we also lose sight of the fact that faith calls us beyond ourselves to be his missionaries in the world.

Let us renew our commitment to remove every obstacle that prevents us from experiencing the merciful works of our Father, and let us ask him for an ever deeper faith so that we may be signs and instruments of his mercy.”