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Pope: the persecution of Christians tells us that Christ’s victory "is near”
"We can not talk about religion , it's a private thing , no? Do not speak about it publicly . Religious signs are removed. We must obey the orders of worldly powers. We can do many things, beautiful things, but not worship God. "
Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - The
persecution of Christians tells us that Christ's over evil "is near", over "worldly
powers " for whom religion is a "private matter " and who forbid
worship of God.
Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke of the final struggle
between God and Evil, which the end of year liturgy offers us in these days.
Vatican Radio reports that the Pope
spoke of a great danger: "universal temptation ." The
temptation to give in to the lure of those who want to defeat God, have the
better of those who believe in Him. But he who believes has a clear reference point
upon which to keep his gaze fixed. It
is the story of Jesus, with the trials endured in the desert and then the
"many" trials born in his public life , seasoned with " insults
" and " slander ," the extreme affront of the Cross , where,
however, the prince of the world loses his
battle before the resurrection of the Prince of Peace .
passages show that the life of Christ in the final upheaval of the world,
described in the Gospel, the stakes are greater than the drama represented by
natural disasters . "When
Jesus speaks of this calamity in another passage he tells us that it will be a
profanation of the temple, a desecration of the faith of the people: it will be
an abomination, the desolation of an abomination . What is that? It will be
like the triumph of the prince of this world:
the defeat of God. At that final moment of disaster, it will seem that he shall
come upon this world, he will be the master of the world".
is the core of the "final test" : the desecration of faith. Which
by the way is very clear in what the prophet Daniel suffers, in the story of
the first reading : he is thrown to the lions for worshiping God rather than
the king . Therefore
, the "desolation of abomination" has a specific name , " the
prohibition of worship."
can not talk about religion, it's a private thing , no? Do not speak of this
publicly. Religious signs are removed. We must obey the orders of worldly
powers. We can do many things, beautiful things, but not worship
God. Prohibition of worship. This is the
center of the end . And when we arrive at the fullness - the ' kairos ' of this
attitude, when this pagan time has come- then yes , it will be Him: ' And they
shall see the Son of Man coming
in a cloud with power and great glory ' . Christians who suffer persecution, prohibition
of worship are a prophecy of what will happen to us all . "
, when the " time of the Gentiles are fulfilled" is the time to raise
your heads, because the "victory of Jesus Christ" is near. "We
should not be afraid , He only asks us for faithfulness and patience. Faithful
like Daniel, who was faithful to his God and worshiped God until the end.
Patience, so that the hair of our head will not fall off . Thus the Lord has
promised . This
week we would do well to think of this general apostasy , which is called the
prohibition of worship and ask: 'Do I adore the Lord ? Do I adore Jesus Christ,
the Lord, or only a little, 'half and half, I play the game of the prince of this
' . Worshiping until the end, with the trust and faithfulness: this is the
grace that we ask this week. "
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