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Pope: "a thousand times Jesus preferred sinners" to hypocrites
"In the second week of Lent we have these three words to think about, to ponder: the invitation to conversion; the gift that the Lord will give us, which is great forgiveness, a great forgiveness; and the trap, that is, pretending to convert, while choosing the path of hypocrisy. "
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "A thousand times Jesus preferred
sinners" to hypocrites, those who "pretend to be converted", but
"whose heart belongs to Satan," and if you "learn to do good,"
God "generously forgives" all sin, said Pope Francis in his homily at
Mass celebrated this morning at Casa Santa Marta, inspired by a passage from
Isaiah and the Gospel of the day that speaks of those "who say the right
things, but do the exact opposite."
Reflecting on the first
reading from Isaiah, Pope Francis said the prophets'
words describe an "invitation and an imperative" that come directly from God: "Cease to do
evil, learn to do good" defending orphans and widows, namely "those
who no one remembers". Pope Francis said this
category includes the "abandoned elderly" "children who do not
go to school" and those "who do not know how to make the sign of the Cross". Essentially it is an invitation to conversion.
"But how can
I convert? 'By learning to do right!'. Conversion. You cannot remove the filth
of the heart as you would remove a stain: we go to the dry cleaner and leave
cleansed ... This filth is removed by 'doing': taking a different path, a different
path from that of evil. 'Learn to do right!', That is, the path of doing good.
And how do I do good? It's simple! 'Seek justice, encourage the oppressed,
defend the orphan, plead for the widow'. Remember that in Israel the poorest
and most needy were orphans and widows: do justice to them, go there to the
wounds of humanity, where there is so much pain ... And by doing so, by doing
good, you will cleanse your heart ".
Pope Francis continued that a cleansed heart is
promised God's forgiveness. God does not keep account of the sins of
those who concretely love their neighbors. "If you do this, if you
take this path to which I invite you - the Lord tells us - 'though your sins be
as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow'. It is an exaggeration, the Lord
exaggerates: but it is the truth! The Lord gives us the gift of His
forgiveness. The Lord forgives generously. 'I forgive you this much, then we'll
see about the rest....' No, no! The Lord always forgives everything!
Everything! But if you want to be forgiven, you must set out on the path of
doing good. This is the gift! '.
Pope Francis went on to say the Gospel of
the day, instead, presents the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Scribes. He was
reflecting on people "who say all the right things, but do the exact
opposite." "We are all clever and always find a path that is not
right, to seem more virtuous than we are: it is the path of hypocrisy". "They
pretend to convert, but their heart is a lie: they are liars! It 'a lie ...
Their heart does not belong to the Lord; their heart belongs to the father of
all lies, Satan. And this is fake holiness. Jesus preferred sinners a thousand
times to these. Why? Because sinners told the truth about themselves. 'Get away
from me, Lord, I am a sinner!': Peter once said. One of those [the hypocrites]
never says that! 'Thank you Lord, that I am not a sinner, that I am righteous
... In the second week of Lent we have these three words to think about,
to ponder: the invitation to conversion; the gift that the Lord will give us,
which is great forgiveness, a great forgiveness; and the trap -- that is,
pretending to convert, while choosing the path of hypocrisy".
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