“You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10: 8)
In his message for the 27th World Day of the Sick 2019, Pope Francis urges believers to promote a culture of generosity, noting that the joy of generous giving is a barometer of the health of a Christian. Pope Francis says that those who care for the sick and give of themselves with generosity and straightforward love – like St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta – are amongst the Church’s most credible evangelizers. In his message for the World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated on 11 February, the pope focuses on Jesus’s words to the Apostles: “You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10:8). Established in 1993 by Saint John Paul II on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, a different city is chosen each year to host the World Day of the Sick. This year the choice has fallen on Calcutta in India, and Pope Francis has highlighted the figure of Saint Teresa of Calcutta as a model of charity who made God’s love for the poor and sick visible.