Pope's Mass: Sad Christians don't do the Church any favors with that attitude!
In his Friday morning, Pope Francis described the main qualities Christians should have. He said they should be as humble as lambs, and very joyful people.
"Those Christians don't do our Lord or Our Church any favors. Christians who set time for mourning, who are always complaining. They're constantly sad...This is not the attitude of a disciple. St. Augustine tells Christians: 'Go on, go on, walk and sing, sing. With joy.â?
The Pope then compared sad Christians to Mary Magdalene, who wept before the Holy Sepulchre, before seeing the Resurrected Lord.
SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY IN ENGLISH:
(Source: Vatican Radio)
A true Christian is someone who walks joyfully through the world as a lamb of the Lord. These were the words of Pope Francis at Mass on Friday morning in the Vaticanâ??s Casa Santa Marta.
Commenting on the dayâ??s first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, Pope Francis reflected on the nature of Christian identity, noting that a Christian is first of all someone who is "sentâ?: the Lord sends his disciples out into the world to proclaim the Gospel, so a Christian is a disciple "who walks, who always moves forwardâ?. A Christian who stands still "is sickâ?, the Pope said, because the first marker of Christian identity is the capacity "to walk even where there are difficulties, to go beyond those difficultiesâ?.
A second feature of Christian identity, the Pope continued, is that a Christian "is a lamb, and must retain this identityâ?: the Lord sends us out "as lambs among wolvesâ?. Some would suggest using strength against those wolves, the Pope continued, but we must remember David when he fought the Philistine: "they wanted to dress him up in all of Saulâ??s armour and he couldnâ??t move, he wasnâ??t himself, he wasnâ??t humbleâ?, so in the end he took his catapult and he won the battle. Sometimes temptation leads us to think: "This is difficult, these wolves are smart and Iâ??ll be smarter than themâ?. But as long as youâ??re a lamb, the Lord will defend you, while if youâ??re a wolf, He wonâ??t defend you, He will leave you alone.
A third feature of Christian identity, Pope Francis went on, is the "Christian styleâ?, which is joy. Christians, he said, "are people who exult because they know the Lord and they bring the Lordâ?. It is not possible, the Pope said, to walk as Christians without joy, to walk as lambs without joy. Even in the face of challenges, in the face of difficulties, in the face of our own mistakes and sins, "there is the joy of Jesus, which always forgives and helpsâ?. Those Christians whose "tempoâ? of life is "adagio-complainingâ? are not helping the Lord or the Church, the Pope said: that is not the style of the disciple.
On the feast of the two Christian disciples, Cyrill and Methodius, we must reflect on the nature of Christian identity, Pope Francis concluded: a Christian is a man or a woman who never stands still, who always walks, who walks as a lamb, and walks with joy. Through the intercession of these Saints, Patrons of Europe, may the Lord grant us the grace to live as Christians who walk as lambs, with joy.