» 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."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - May God
free the Church "from all ideological interpretations" and open her up
"to the simple Gospel, to that pure Gospel that speaks of love, which
brings love and it is so beautiful." Because
"any ideological interpretation is a falsification of the Gospel." A
call to pray for the Church and for the conversion of hearts concluded the Mass
that Pope Francis celebrated, like every morning, in the chapel of the Casa
Sancta Marta. The
Pope's reflection, published by Vatican Radio, is centered on the biblical
readings on the Conversion of St. Paul and the discourse of Jesus in the
synagogue of Capernaum.
The words of Jesus, Francis says,
"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. The Word of Jesus goes to the heart because it is the
Word of love, is beautiful word and brings love, makes us love. These block the
road of love: the ideologues. And that of beauty". As
the doctors of the law who "began to argue sharply among themselves, 'How
can this man give us his flesh to eat?'. It is all a problem of intellect! And
when ideology enters the Church, when ideology enters into our understanding of
the Gospel, confusion ensues".
They are the ones who walk alone
"on the path of duty": it is the morality of those who claim to only
realize what they understand of the Gospel with their minds. They
are not "on the road to conversion, that conversion to which Jesus calls
these, on the road of duty, place everything on the shoulders of the faithful.
Ideologues falsify the gospel. Every ideological interpretation, from wherever
it originates - from one side or the other - is a falsification of the Gospel.
And these ideologues - as we have seen in the history of the Church - end up
being, becoming, intellectuals without talent, ethicists without goodness. And they
do not speak of beauty, because they understand nothing. "
"Instead, the path of love,
the path of the Gospel - the Pope says - is simple: it is the path that the
Saints understood." "The
saints are those who lead the Church forward! The path of conversion, the path
of humility, of love, of the heart, the path of beauty ... Today let us pray to
the Lord for the Church: that the Lord may free Her from any
ideological interpretation and open the heart of the Church, our Mother Church,
to the simple Gospel, the pure Gospel that speaks of love, which brings love
and is so beautiful! And beautifies us too, with the beauty of holiness. Today
let us pray for the Church!. "
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