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Pope: proclaim Jesus without fear, shame or triumphalism

2013-09-10

Pope Francis explained during Tuesdays Mass at Casa Santa Marta that the life of every Christian should center on the Resurrection of Christ. He went on to say that there are three qualities incompatible with God: fear, shame, and triumphalism.  

POPE FRANCIS
"There are many Christians without the Resurrection, Christians without the Risen Lord. They join Jesus to the tomb, they weep, they offer well wishes, but it stops there. Thinking of the attitude of these Christians without the Risen Lord, I have found three, but there are more: fear, Christians living with fear; shame, those who feel embarrassed; and triumphalists. These three attitudes are not found in the Risen Lord! The fearful are those the morning after the Resurrection, those from Emmaus... They leave, they have fear.”

The Pope said that in an era where everything is explained through science, some may feel embarrassed to accept the Resurrection of Jesus. But he added that the faith in the Christ of flesh and bone is what conquers the world. He also warned about the dangers of placing personal triumph above the triumph of Christ.

EXCERPTS FROM THE POPES HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)

There are many Christians without the Resurrection, Christians without the Risen Lord. They join Jesus to the tomb, they weep, they offer well wishes, but it stops there. Thinking of the attitude of these Christians without the Risen Lord, I have found three, but there are more: fear, Christians living with fear; shame, those who feel embarrassed; and triumphalists. These three attitudes are not found in the Risen Lord! The fearful are those the morning after the Resurrection, those from Emmaus... They leave, they have fear.

They do not know the meaning of the word 'triumph' so they just say "triumphalism,” because they have such an inferiority complex and want to do this... When we look at these Christians, with their many triumphalist attitudes, in their lives, in their speeches and in their pastoral theology, liturgy, so many things, it is because they do not believe deep down in the Risen One. He is the Winner, the Risen One. He won. Because of this, without fear, without triumphalism, simply by looking at the Risen Lord, His beauty, then also put their fingers in His wounds and their hand in His sides.

Our faith, the faith in the Risen One: that conquers the world! Let us go to Him and let ourselves, like with the sick, be touched by Him, by His strength. Because He is made of flesh and bone, not a spiritual idea... He is alive! He is the Risen One. And that's how He came to this world. May the Lord give you the grace to understand and live out these things.


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