Pope Francis at Santa Marta: Do I think in spirit of political party or of the Lord?
In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis urged Christians to ask themselves who guides their thoughts.
“With what spirit do I think? With the spirit of the Lord or with my own mind, the spirit of the community to which I belong or the small group or social class to which I belong, or the political party to which I belong? With what spirit do I think?”
Thus, Pope Francis encouraged each Christian to carry out a change of thought and feeling, so they'll be increasingly more like those of Christ himself.
EXCERPTS FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican News)
The Pope said the Church especially speaks to us about converting our sentiments and feelings - converting ourselves to compassion like the Good Samaritan. It’s not just what we think, but also how we think , the style of thinking. Whether we think a Christian or like a pagan.
Commenting on the Gospel, the Pope noted that the people were initially amazed with Jesus, the son of Joseph the carpenter. But gossip soon changed their attitude. After their admiration and amazement they turned out to kill Him. They too wanted a spectacle, a show. The Pope said we resist any one among us correcting us. We expect someone with “show” to do it.
Pope Francis said one can recite the entire Creed or the dogmas of the Church but unless one does it with a “Christian spirit”, it means nothing. The Pope thus asked Christians to pray for the grace of discernment and conversion of thought.