Tokyo, 25 November, 2019 / 8:04 am (ACI Africa).
Amid the confusion and anxiety often found in modern society, Christ offers us the perspective and freedom to order our lives properly, Pope Francis said at Mass in Tokyo on Monday.
“Worldly attitudes that look only to one’s own profit or gain in this world, and a selfishness that pursues only individual happiness, in reality leave us profoundly unhappy and enslaved, and hinder the authentic development of a truly harmonious and humane society,” he said.
But when we listen attentively to Christ, we find a new perspective on life, he continued.
“In Jesus, we encounter the summit of what it means to be human; he shows us the way that leads to a fulfillment exceeding all our hopes and expectations,” the pope said. “In him, we encounter a new life, where we come to know the freedom of knowing that we are God’s beloved children.”
Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Tokyo Dome stadium on Nov. 25, part of a three-day visit to Japan, which also included stops in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Japan comprised the second leg of a papal trip to Asia, which began in Thailand Nov. 20-23.