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Rich because we are poor

· Pope Francis' Lenten Message ·

The Poverty of Jesus “frees us and enriches us”. Pope Francis wrote this in his Lenten Message made public this morning, Tuesday 4 February. His message concentrates on poverty, in particular on Christ's poverty. The Pope, in fact, begins by explaining that Jesus “became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich”, as the theme of the message recalls, taken from the Second Letter to the Corinthians. Christ's choice for poverty, the Pontiff states, suggests a positive dimension the state of being poor.

Yet, wonders the Holy Father, what is this poverty by which Jesus frees and enriches us? “It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road.” The poverty of Christ “is the greatest wealth”.

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