Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful at Casa Santa Marta chapel urged Christians in their vocation to live their friendship with Jesus. His Holiness Pope Francis based his reflection on the word “lot” that occurs a few times in the day’s Mass readings and a prayer on the feast of St. Matthias, who was chosen by lots to fill the place of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

As reported by Vatican Radio, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “We have received this gift of friendship with the Lord as our destiny, and our vocation is to live as His friends. All Christians have received this gift of friendship, which the apostles received to a stronger degree. It is a gift that the Lord always cherishes, faithful to this gift.” Further, His Holiness added, “Many times, however, the Pope explained, we are not so faithful and distance ourselves from Him with our sins, with our whims but Jesus is faithful to His friendship.”

The Pontiff concluded his homily by reminding that Jesus always awaits, faithful to his friendship. His Holiness Pope Francis thus urged Christians to ask Jesus for the grace to remain in His love, in his friendship.