Skip to comments.Pope's Angelus: “Jesus is the Epiphany”, the Lord does not proselytize but loves
Posted on 01/06/2014 6:40:37 AM PST by thetallguy24
Pope Francis greeted tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered on a bright crisp day in St. Peters Square Monday for the recitation of the Angelus Prayer and to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with the Holy Father. In his address, the Pope referred to Pope Benedict Emerituss book, Jesus of Nazareth: the Infancy Narratives which he said magnificently recounts the biblical coming of the Maji from the East to Bethlehem to pay homage to the Christ Child. The Epiphany, Pope Francis said, marks the first manifestation of Christ to the people and as a consequence, points to the universal salvation brought by Jesus. In todays feast, we see a dual movement, the Pope noted: of God who comes towards the world, towards humanity and of men who seek closeness to God: the religions, the search for truth, the way of people towards peace, justice, liberty. For his part, God loves us: we are His children; He loves us and He wants to liberate us from evil, from sickness, from death, and take us to His home in His Kingdom. We too, the Pope said, are attracted by goodness, truth, life and happiness and beauty. And as the two sides attract, Jesus, the Pope stressed, is our point of encounter with the Lord as His love incarnate. Had the Maji not seen the Star pointing them to Jesus birthplace in Bethlehem, they would never have left, the Pope mused. Light precedes us, the truth precedes us, beauty precedes us. God precedes us: it is grace; and this grace appears in Jesus. He is the Epiphany, the manifestation of Gods love. Departing from his prepared remarks, the Pope appealed sincerely and respectfully to those who feel far from God and from the Church and to those who are fearful and indifferent: the Lord is calling you too. The Lord is calling you to be a part of His people and He does it with great respect and love. The Lord does not proselytize; He gives love, reaffirmed the Pope. And this love seeks you and waits for you, you who at this moment do not believe or are far away. And this is the love of God. Pope Francis prayed that all the Church may be steeped in the joy of evangelizing invoking the aid of the Virgin Mary so that we can all be disciple-missionaries, small stars that reflect His light. Following the recital of the Angelus, Pope Francis gave greetings to the Churches of the East who tomorrow will celebrate Christmas. He prayed that all will be reinforced in faith, hope and charity and the Lord will give comfort to Christian communities and to the Churches undergoing trial. The Pope recalled that the Epiphany is the missionary Day for children organized by the Pontifical office for Holy Childhood and thanked young people and children whose gestures of solidarity towards other children widen the horizons of their fraternity.
Oops! The Vatican will soon issue a clarification!
Seriously, the Pope has all the media skills of Ted Baxter.
Translation: Jesus loves into conversion.
Another Translation: Faith in Jesus by evangelization does not come by force, but by love of the other person.
What was that going out and preaching to the multitudes thing?
You know, where there were thousands of people who needed to be fed.
And who talked about hell more than anyone else in scripture?
Epic cafeteria Christianity.
Consider this saying: “preach the Gospel, and when necessary, use words” from St. Francis.
So it is my opinion that Christ preached to multitudes as he traveled around Israel, and that he spoke of hell more than anyone else in scripture.
Who do you find in scripture who spoke more about hell?
I am beginning to think this man does not understand or comprehend the Bible... THE WORD OF GOD.
Yes, Jesus to the multitudes, but also are you playing a game of numbers about how many times He said about Hell? Give me a break.
Oh yes he does.
So, the Vatican doesn’t even have a good translator? This is straight from the Vatican, not The Slate or Salon.
That’s your opinion.
“13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
16 Woe to you, blind guides, who say, If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath. 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath. 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.
23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets. 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.”
Yep! Jesus never talks mean to anyone...he just ‘loves’ them to Himself.
“46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.”
Nope! Never any negative feelings or thoughts.
God Bless Pope Francis!
By speaking in warnings, Jesus preached love, tough love.
Biggirl needs to apply for the job.
Here’s my opinion: Saying “that’s your opinion” in response to legitimate criticisms is lame and useless.
Please see post number 17. Thank-you!
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