Fr. Ronchi stressed the Lenten reflection on the theme of compassion. He shared how Jesus cared for Mary Magdalen’s tears. Also indicated Jesus’ concern for the pain and anguish suffered by a thief while on the cross on Good Friday.
Fr. Ronchi indicated that there were many scenes in the Gospel in which Jesus showed compassion towards the suffering human. “The real difference is between those who stop and those who do not stop to help the injured…If I spend an hour simply shouldering a person’s pain, I get to know him better; I am wiser than the most well-read of people. I am full of the knowledge of life,” the priest said.
He told the Pope and the Roman Curia members that when we look upon those those who need our mercy, we should be forced to stop and to touch them. “If I see, I stop and I touch. If I wipe away a tear, I know I am not changing the world; I cannot change the structures of iniquity, but I have injected into it the idea that hunger is not invincible,” the priest said.