Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful gathered in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta for the Feast of St. Matthew conveyed the spiritual path that the saint followed in order to obtain salvation and also explained the significance of Salvation in one’s life. His Holiness also highlighted the saint’s divine qualities that made him closer to Jesus Christ and reflected the conditions needed to receive salvation in life.

As reported by en.radiovaticana.va, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “The first condition of salvation is to feel oneself in danger and likewise the first condition of healing is to feel sick and feeling sinful is the first condition of receiving the gaze of mercy.” Further, His Holiness added, “Jesus’ love was able to enter into the heart of that man, Matthew, because he knew he was a sinner, he knew that he was not loved by anyone and was even despised and it was precisely that sinful conscience, which opened the door to the mercy of Jesus and so, left everything and went on a new journey with Our Lord.”

His Holiness Pope Francis concluded the message by reminding the faithful to recognize themselves as sinners, not guilty of sin in the abstract but guilty of concrete sins.