Pope in Santa Marta: love can purify faith of any self-interest
Pope Francis in his homily at Casa Santa Marta spoke about chosing to follow Christ by faith and to remember the wonderful things He has done in each person's life.
“We will find so many great things that Jesus has freely given us, because He loves each one of us. Once I have seen the things Jesus has done for me, I can ask the second question: ‘What should I do for Jesus?’ With these two questions, perhaps we can purify our faith of any self-interest.”
He continued saying that this way of thinking should instill a desire to change. It's “the road to conversion by love,” he says, since God has given each person so much love, everyone should give Him their love.
SUMMARY OF PAPAL HOMILY
(Source: Vatican News)
“He followed Jesus without weighing the consequences: ‘this works for me; that doesn’t’… He was not self-interested. He loved. So he followed Jesus sure in his faith. They laid a trap of slander, and they led him into it. So he was stoned to death, giving witness to Jesus.”
“We will find so many great things that Jesus has freely given us, because he loves each one of us. Once I have considered the things Jesus has done for me, I can ask the second question: ‘What should I do for Jesus?’ With these two questions, perhaps we can purify our faith of any self-interest. When I see all that Jesus has given me, my heart generously says: ‘Yes, Lord, I shall give all. I won’t make these mistakes and commit these sins again. I’ll change my life in this way…’ [This is] the road to conversion by love: ‘You’ve given me so much love, so I shall give you my love’.”
“This is a good test to see how we follow Jesus: ‘Am I self-interested or not?’… ‘What has Jesus done for me in my life out of love?’ And seeing this, ‘what should I do for Jesus?’ ‘How do I respond to his love?’ That’s how we can purify our faith from all self-interest. May the Lord help us along this path.”