Vatican City (
AsiaNews) - "If we Christians believe professing the faith, even safeguarding
it, if we are custodians of the faith , and entrust ourselves to God , the Lord
, we will be victorious Christians. And
this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith". Otherwise
we would be "half hearted Christians" those "defeated Christians"
of which the Church "is full", said Pope Francis during his homily at
Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta.
reports the Pope's homily focused on the passage
from the First Letter of St. John, in which the apostle , "insists "
on "that word which for him is as an expression of Christian life" ,
" remaining in the Lord" to love God and to love our neighbor . This
"remaining in love" of God is the work of the Holy Spirit and our
faith and has a concrete effect:
in God, whoever is begotten by God, whoever remains in love wins the world and the
victory is our faith. For our
part, faith. For
God - for this 'remaining' - the Holy Spirit, which carries out this work of
grace. For our part, faith. This is really something! And this
is the victory that has won over the world: our faith ! Our faith can do anything! This is victory! And
it would be good if we repeated this, even just to ourselves, because we are so
often defeated Christians. The
Church is full of defeated Christians who do not believe in this, that faith is
the victory, who do not live this faith, because if you do not live this faith,
then there is only defeat and the prince of the world wins over the world".
The Pope recalled that Jesus praised the very faith of the Woman, the
Canaanite, the man born blind and said that those who have faith, like a mustard
seed can move mountains . "This
faith - he says - requires two attitudes of us: to profess and entrust ourselves".
First of all "profess".
"Faith is to
profess God, but the God who has revealed Himself to us, from the days of our
fathers until now, the God of history. And this
is what we recite every day in the Creed. It
is one thing to recite the Creed from the heart and another like parrots, no? I
believe, I believe in God, I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe ... do I
believe in what I say ? Is
this profession of faith true or am I reciting it off by heart, because I have
to? Or do I only half believe in it? Professing the Faith! All of it, not just a part of
it! All of it! And
safeguarding the faith in its entirety, as it came to us, on the road of
tradition: all of the faith ! And ' how do I know
if I profess the faith well? There
is a sign: those who profess the faith well, all of the faith, are able to worship,
"We know how
to ask God how to thank God - the Pope said - but to worship God, to praise God
is something more! Only those
who have this strong faith are capable of worship". And
Pope Francis added: "I dare say that the thermometer of the life of the
Church is a bit ' low in this: the capacity to worship is somewhat scarce,
"we do not have a lot , some , yes ... " . And
this "is because we are not convinced or only half convinced in the profession
of our faith". So
- said the Pope - the first attitude is to profess the faith and safeguard it .
The other attitude is "entrusting
"The man or
woman who has faith entrust themselves to God: they entrust themselves! Paul,
in a dark time in his life, said: 'I know well to whom I have entrusted myself'.
To God! The Lord
ourselves and this leads us to hope. Just
as the profession of faith leads us to the worship and praise of God, trust in
God leads us to an attitude of hope. There
are many Christians who have a watered down hope, not a very strong one: a
faint hope . Why? Because
they do not have the strength or the courage to trust in the Lord . But
if we Christians believe professing the faith, even safeguarding it, if we are custodians
of the faith , and entrust ourselves to God , the Lord , we will be victorious Christians.
this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith. "