» 04/19/2013, 00.00
Pope: every ideological interpretation of the Gospel is a falsification
During his homily for morning Mass Francis says that the words of Jesus "pass through our mind and go straight to the heart. Because Jesus seeks our conversion", but there are those who "only want to implement what they understand with their minds of the Gospel". "They are the great ideologues." But "when ideology enters into our understanding of the Gospel, confusion ensues."
Pope: Carry a "little Gospel" and when you can read a passage, to "find Jesus"
During his homily at Mass in Santa Marta, Francis says that "Jesus is right there in His Word, in His Gospel". We must receive the Word of God "just as you receive Jesus, that is to say with an open heart, with a humble heart, with the spirit of the Beatitudes".
Pope: the Gospel of life is not replacing God with idols of our time, children with selfishness
An immense crowd participates in the Mass celebrated by Francis in the day dedicated to Evangelium Vitae in this Year of Faith is. "Often the man does not choose life, does not accept the 'Gospel of life'," which brings true freedom, but "is guided by ideologies and a logic that block life, which do not respect it, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, by profit, power, pleasure and not by love, seeking the good of others. "
Pope: courageous “open-hearted prayer"," enables Jesus to perform miracles
During Mass this morning Francis says that we must overcome that "piece of disbelief" that is in all of us. "Prayer to ask for a miracle, ask for an extraordinary action must be an involved prayer, which unites us all." An episode in Argentina demonstrates that at times we must also “struggle” in our prayer.
Pope: The Church asks us all, "for some changes”. She asks us to put aside perishable structures: we don’t need them
"The Gospel is newness! The Gospel is celebration! And the Gospel can only be fully lived in a heart joyful and a renewed heart". "We cannot understand the mentality - for example – of these doctors of the law, these theologians Pharisees, we cannot understand their mentality with the spirit of the Gospel. They are different things. The Gospel style is a different style, which leads to the fullness of the law. Yes! but in a new way: is the new wine in new wineskins. "
Pope: to be good Christians , "there is no other way " than " contemplating Jesus' humanity and suffering humanity "
During morning Mass, Francis says that to follow “tough things” that the Gospel asks of us, we need the twin poles of Mary’s “sweetness " and Christ’s "meek silence" , in particular contemplating the Passion . " Think only about Jesus. If our hearts , if our mind is with Jesus, the triumphant , the One who has conquered death , sin , the devil, everything, we can succeed."
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