As the world grapples with the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis delivered a homily of hope on March 27, comparing the pandemic to a storm that can be overcome only by coming together in faith, the Religion News website reports today (March 30, 2020).
"We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other," he said during his homily in front of a rainy St. Peter's Basilica, before an empty square and a single priest.
Amid this pandemic, Francis said, we "have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this."
Francis drew from the day's Gospel lesson -- found in the fourth chapter of Mark -- which relates the story of Jesus and His apostles being caught in a storm while on a boat. The pope said the story can offer spiritual guidance about how to face the coronavirus pandemic.