Pope in Santa Marta: 'parked' Christians don't know how to fly to their mission
In his homily at Casa Santa Marta the pope warned of the danger of remaining stagnant in everyday life and to stop pursuing one's own dreams, when a small part of them is achieved.
POPE FRANCIS “Because there are so many stopped Christians, who don’t continue on the journey; Christians who buried in everyday concerns – good people – but they don’t grow, they remain small. Parked Christians: they are parked. Caged Christians who don’t know how to fly with the dream of this beautiful mission to which the Lord calls us.”
Pope Francis asks Christians if their desire to seek God is strong enough to keep walking. He explains that adopting a static attitude is like being content with the appetizer, instead of the main course.
EXTRACTS OF THE PAPAL HOMILY
“Where is your faith? Seeing a miracle, a wonder, and saying, ‘You have power, you are God.’ Yes, it is an act of faith, but so small. Because it is evident that this man has a strong power; but faith begins there, but then it has to go forward. Where is your desire for God? Because this is the faith: to have the desire to find God, to encounter Him, to be with Him, to be happy with Him.”
“When the Lord passes into our life and performs a miracle in each of us, and each of us knows what the Lord has done in our life, it does not end there: this is the invitation to go forward, to continue on the journey, ‘seeking the face of God,’ the Psalm says; seeking this joy.”
“Because there are so many Christians who are stopped, who don’t continue on the journey; Christians who have run aground on the concerns of daily life – good things in themselves! – but they don’t grow, they remain small. Parked Christians: they’ve parked. Caged Christians who don’t know how to fly with the dream to this beautiful thing to which the Lord calls us.”