Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Man, who was created in God's image "must"
do good. This concerns us all, independently of ideologies and religions, even
atheists, for the Lord "redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ;
all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, what about the atheists?'
Even atheists. Everyone!" During the Mass he celebrates every morning at the Domus
Sanctae Marthae, which he carried out this morning together with Maronite
Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, Pope Francis spoke about doing good as a
principle that unites all humanity.
The pontiff began his reflection with today's Gospel about the disciples
who wanted to prevent a person from outside their group from doing good.
"They complain" because they say, "If he is not one of us, he cannot
do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good." But Jesus corrected
them. 'Do not stop him,' he said. 'Let him do good'."
"The disciples," the Pope said, "were a little 'intolerant', set on the
idea that they owned the truth, believing that 'all those who do not have the
truth cannot do good.' And 'this was wrong'." In fact, "Jesus 'broadens the
"The root of this possibility of doing good," which we all have, "lies in
creation. The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image
of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: Do
good and do not do evil. All of us. 'But, Father, he is not Catholic! He cannot
do good.' Yes, he can. He must. 'He cannot.' He must! Because he has this
commandment within him. Instead, such 'closing off' [of the mind], which makes
us think that all those outside [of our group] cannot do good, is a barrier
that leads to war as well as to what some throughout history have thought
[possible], namely killing in the name of God, [the idea] that we can kill in
the name of God. And that, simply put, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill
in the name of God is blasphemy."
"On the contrary, the Lord has created us in His image and likeness, and
has given us this commandment in our heart: Do good and do not do evil. The
Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us,
not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, what about the atheists?' Even the
atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us first class children of God! We are
created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us
all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do
good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, with everyone doing his
own part; if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go
slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of meeting: we need
that so much. We must meet one another doing good. 'But I don't believe, Father,
I am an atheist!' But do good! We shall meet there."
"Doing good" is not a matter of faith. "It is a duty. It is an identity
card our Father gave all of us because He made us in His image and likeness.
And He does good, always."
"Today," the pope said, is [the feast day of] Saint Rita, patron
saint of impossible things." Although doing good may "seem impossible, let us
ask her this grace, this grace that everyone, everyone will do good; that we may
meet [engaged] in this work, which is the work of creation, like the creation by
the Father. Work done by the family, because we are all children of God, all of
us, all of us! And God loves us, all of us! Let Saint Rita grant us this grace,
even though it might seem almost impossible. Amen."