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Pope: "Temptation grows, infects and justifies itself", only the Word of Jesus liberates
"Jesus is great not only because He leads us from temptation, but because He gives us greater confidence”. This confidence is "a great strength to have when we are tempted: the Lord waits for us", "He trusts us, we who are so tempted, sinners", "He always opens horizons". Conversely, by tempting us the devil, closes, closes, closes".
Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - The
temptation , that "grows, infects and justifies itself", "does
not come from God", but from our passions, with which the devil "imprisons
us", and from which we are freed only "when we listen to the Word of
Jesus", said Pope Francis at Mass this morning in Casa Santa Marta. During his homily the Pope emphasized that
Jesus always gives us "confidence" and opens us up to horizons wider than
Vatican Radio reports that the
Pope reaffirmed a truth and a sequence described by St. James in a passage of
his Letter, proposed by the liturgy of the day. The
truth is that God never tempts man, rather it is his passions. The sequence,
according to the Apostle is when each person is "when lured and enticed by his desire. Then
desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives
birth to death".
"Where does temptation come
from? How does it act within us? The Apostle tells us that it is not from God,
but from our desires, our inner weaknesses, from the wounds of original sin: these
these passions come from there. It is curious, temptation has three
characteristics: it grows infects and justifies itself. It grows: it begins
with an appearance of calm , and grows ... Jesus himself said this when he
spoke of the parable of wheat
and weeds, the wheat grew, but the weeds sown by the enemy too. Temptation
grows: it grows , it grows ... and if one does not stop it, it takes over
In addition, temptation "needs company,
its contagious" and "grows and infects, temptation imprisons us in an
environment that it is difficult to escape from". This
is the experience of the apostles narrated in the Gospel of the day, which sees
the Twelve blame each other under the eyes of the Master for not having brought
bread on board the boat. Jesus,
maybe smiling at the quarrel, invites them to beware "the leaven of the
Pharisees, of Herod". But
the Apostles continue in their quarrel, without listening, "so closed in
on the issue of whose fault it was that they had not brought bread, that they
had no space, they had no time, they had no light for the Word of God."
"Thus, when we are tempted,
we do not hear the Word of God: we do not listen. We do not understand. Jesus
had to remind them of the multiplication of the loaves to liberate them from
that environment, because temptation imprisons us, it takes away any ability of
foresight, it closes every horizon, and thus leads us to sin. When we are
tempted, only the Word of God, the Word of Jesus saves us. Hearing the Word
that opens up horizons ... He is always willing to
teach us how to escape from temptation. Jesus is great not only because He leads
us from temptation, but also because he gives us greater confidence". This
confidence is "a great strength, when we are tempted: he Lord waits for us",
"He trusts us, we who are so tempted, sinners", "He always opens
horizons". "Conversely, by tempting us the devil, closes, closes, closes"
and "cultivates" an environment similar to that on the boat with the apostles. Our
only possibility to avoid being "imprisoned" by this type of
environment, concluded the Pope, is to "listen to the Word of Jesus".
"Let us ask the Lord - who
always, as he did with the disciples, with his patience, when we are tempted to
say to us: ' Stop, do not worry. Remember what I did with you at that moment,
in that time:
remember . Raise your eyes, look at the horizon, do not close, do not close in
on yourself, go forward'. And this Word will save us from falling into sin at
the moment of temptation".
Pope: "Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings" and forgets the Lord
The man who trusts in himself, in his own wealth, in "idols" and forgets the Lord, is like "a barren bush in the desert" condemned by drought, "that will lose its name". But even for him "at the end there is a door of hope", " it is possible to say this word that is more than magic, it is more, it is stronger: 'Father'. He always waits for us to open a door".
Pope: God's mercy is "a great light of love", it is "the way that God forgives "
In the Gospel story of the adulteress, Jesus "defends the sinner from her enemies, he defend the sinner from a just charge". The Lord forgives "with a caress, caressing our wounds of sin. Because He is involved in forgiveness, He is involved in our salvation."
Pope: war leaves children starving in refugee camps as lords of war who make and sell weapons throw parties
"Wars, hatred, enmity - he replied - can not be bought at the market: they are here in our hearts". "This spirit of war, which leads us away from God, is not only far from us" it is "also in our homes”. "How many families are destroyed because the father, the mother is unable to find the path of peace and prefer war".
Pope: "An absurdity to love Christ without the Church, to feel Christ but not the Church"
Jesus "always forgives" and "always makes sure we get safely home. He never leaves us alone along the way". "Our following Christ, is not an idea. It is a constant abiding at home – and though each of us has the opportunity and the real experience of leaving home for a sin, a mistake - God knows - salvation is going home with Jesus in the Church”.
Pope: "a faith that does not lead to witness, is not faith. It is words, nothing more than words”.
"Even demons. Demons know what is said in the Creed very well and they know that it is the Truth". "Do you believe in one God? You do well! But the demons do too and they tremble". The difference is that the demons "have no faith" because "faith is not having knowledge" but rather "receiving the message of God" brought by Christ.
Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future
The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.
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