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2015-02-10

In his Tuesday morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about living out the Christian faith actively. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Christians who are just sitting, staying still, will not truly see the face of God. They have not seen it. They may say, 'God is like this and that' but they don't really know. To move forward, you need that restlessness, that God Himself has planted in our hearts. It moves us forward as we seek God.” 

Amid those in attendance was the Pope's advisory council, including Cardinal Pell from Australia, Maradiaga from Honduras and O'Malley from Boston. They are currently in Rome to discuss reforms to the Roman Curia.

SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY
Source Vatican Radio

"Those who never set out on this journey, will never know the image of God, will never find the face of God. Sedentary Christians, lethargic Christians will not know the face of God: They do not know Him. They say: 'God is like this...', but those who are lethargic do not know Him. The lethargic. You need a certain restlessness to set out on this path, the same restlessness that God placed in each of our hearts and that brings us forward in search of Him”.

"In the Gospel, Jesus meets people who are afraid to set out on the path [in search of their identity] and who "content themselves with a caricature of God. It is a fake ID. These lethargic people have silenced the restlessness of their heart, they depict God with commandments and forget God: 'You, by neglecting the commandment of God, observe the tradition of men', and in doing so they turn away from God, they do not journey towards God and when they are insecure, they invent or make up another commandment".

"Today the liturgy invites us to reflect on these two texts, which are two identity cards, which we all have. The Lord has made us this way. One tells us: ‘Set out on the path and you will discover your identity, because you are the image of God, you are made in the likeness of God. Get up and seek God '. And the other: 'No, do not worry: fulfill all these commandments, and this is God. This is the face of God'. May the Lord give us all the grace of courage to always set out on the path, to seek the Lord's face, the face that one day we will see, but which we must seek here on Earth”.


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