Skip to comments.Pope Francis: Proclaim Jesus with Joy
Posted on 04/27/2013 4:23:44 AM PDT by markomalley
Pope Francis, during Mass at the Casa Santa Martha on Saturday morning, invited people to proclaim Jesus with joy and to avoid being "closed in on ourselves".
Speaking to those gathered which included employees of the Vatican Post Office and the Santa Martha Pediatic Dispensary, the Pope focused on the theme of Evangelization during his homily.
Reflecting on a reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Father posed a question, why did many people close themselves off to hearing the word of the Lord in Antioch, where the community of Christs disciples had gathered.
The reason is, Pope Francis explained, "Simply, because they had closed hearts, they were not open to the newness of the Holy Spirit. They believed that everything had been said, that everything was as they thought it should be and therefore they felt like defenders of the faith and began to speak against the Apostles
The Pope went to say that the closed off attitude of this group also can apply to all closed off groups in history. These are the people he continued, "that do not have the freedom to open up to the Lord":
Communities such as these think they are defending the truth, Pope Francis explained, but what they are really doing is spreading gossip and slander, They look inwards and end up destroying each other.
But it is the Lords community that goes forward, these communities are open to the Holy Spirit, they spread the Word of God. This, the Holy Father, added, is a criteria for the Church, our own consciences, our parish communities and our religious communities.
The Pope concluded by saying, look at how Jesus sends us to evangelize, he wants us to proclaim his name with joy. And Pope Francis underlined that we should not be "afraid of the joy of the Spirit," and not be "closed in on ourselves."
It seems to be a recurring theme of the Pope’s talks, that people should stop going on about how bad those other people are, and look at themselves and how they are responding to Christ. It definitely hits home for me.
The parable of the wheat and the weeds comes to mind. The servants asked the landowner if they should pull up the weeds, but he said, “No, lest in gathering the weeds, you root up the wheat also. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvesttime, I will tell the reapers, ‘Gather the weeds first, and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ “ (Mt. 13)
I am not Catholic, but have come to respect and adore the last three Popes. I think the message of Joy for our Lord Jesus Christ is an important message. We should not hide, not make private...God. God is to be proclaimed with Joy and Love throughout our lives...not in the closets of our minds.
Very well said.
I dread he might say/do something that will make me cringe, much perhaps like Jesus must regarding me by the minute!!!, but then I remember the virtue of Hope, and Faith, and listen to the guy say ‘don’t think so hard, just follow the latest instruction of the Holy Spirit’ and I sigh....yea, it’s all been said by if not the last two popes most eloquently, by the last 2000 years’ popes - we know what to believe and do, just start doing and listening to the HS.
We’re not going to convince by words, debating with the ‘liberals’ or amongst ‘conservatives’, but by turning ourselves humble ever more and just going out and joyfully walking out. The groups, of which I belong, will debate and hardly convince forever, (I mean, if JP2 and B16 couldn’t convince the groups left and right to unite behind Jesus’ Church, if Jesus couldn’t soften hearts His Father made with free will, who am I, who is Francis!, intellectually). For the present, thought has reached a solid point; we need more joyful witnessing.
So back to what I think he’s saying - you know the Truth, you’re humbly seeking it, so just joyfully live it with those around you, those you encounter, debating and even interiorly cringing against other’s proclamations intellectually is unnecessary as it is unfruitful for Christ (unless your joy and humility inspires someone to ask questions and you can answer most humbly how they are answered in your own life).
So did I make you squirm Jesus? Are you breathing yet? Sorry, but I love Ya! (and Your mom - sweet mom)
I understand just what you mean. If I’m watching everything someone says, waiting for something I don’t agree with, so I can say, “Well, that’s it for him ... another one that’s not as perfect as me!” well, who do I think I am?
Pope Francis is right: if we are going around critical and po’faced and not filled with joy, then we probably aren’t fully aware of the great big Good News event, the Resurrection of Jesus. He died, He rose from the dead, our sins are forgiven, we can live His life, with His Spirit, right now!!! Everything else is just details, as the t-shirts say.
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