Pope to Christians: Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk
During his daily morning Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis talked about taking action. He said Christian words can't simply be uttered, but above it all they should be put into practice. Not doing so, said the Pope, only causes pain and division in the Church.
"Christian words without Christ leads to vanity and self-sufficiency, to pride and power. The Lord crumbles these people. We see this is a constant throughout the history of Salvation. Anna, the mother of Samuel says it. Mary also says it in the Magnificat. The Lord destroys the vanity and pride of those who believe they are like rocks.â?
The Pope said that listening to the Word of God and putting it into practice, can be compared to building one's life upon a stable rock.
SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY:
(Source: Vatican Radio)
"Anyone who utters Christian words without putting them into practice hurts oneself and others, because they are based on pride and cause division in the Church. Those were the Popeâ??s words during his homily at Mass this Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Martha.
Taking his cue from Thursdayâ??s liturgy, Pope Francis explained that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for knowing the commandments, but not implementing them in their lives.They are " good words," he said, but if they are not put into practice "not only do they not serve us, but they hurt : they deceive us , they make us believe that we have a beautiful home, but without a foundation.â?
The Holy Father went on to say that the Lord is our foundation. Our rock is Jesus Christ.Continuing on this theme Pope Francis underlined that "a Christian word without Christ at its centre leads to vanity, to pride, power for the sake of power.â? The Lord, said the Pope, breaks down these people who believe themselves to be the Rock.
The Holy Father affirmed during his Homily that we would " do well to examine our own consciencesâ? to see whether our Christian words are indeed Christ centred because when they are not, he said, they divide us from ourselves and divide the Church. Pope Francis concluded his Homily by saying "let us ask the Lord to help in this humility, to speak words rooted in Jesus Christ.