"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Have they stopped publishing the Pope's daily homilies?

I haven't noticed them posted on Vatican Radio site lately.

I still like the Holy Father's homilies of course, but some times it seems a little too much exposure, despite the fact we get mostly incomplete snippets or sound bites.  To be honest, I was hoping there would be something today on the Good Samaritan - especially the question, "and who is my neighbor?"

It seems to me the Pope's words are treated like that.  People ask, "what does he mean by a 'poor Church'?"  Priests make fun of the 'no drive-a the fancy car' suggestion.  Everything he says and does gets dissected and analyzed - and criticized - by someone, somewhere.  The Pope seems to make nearly everyone uncomfortable - especially those of us who think we are religious.  That's pretty convincing evidence - for me at least - that the Holy Spirit is at work.  That reform is taking effect.   I may be wrong of course.

But I have no desire to try and justify myself either.

Justified through the gift of faith in Christ, we are called to live in the love of Christ for neighbour, because it is on this criterion that we shall be judged at the end of our lives.
[W]hile Paul is primarily concerned to show that faith in Christ is necessary and sufficient, James accentuates the consequential relations between faith and works (cf. Jas 2: 24). Therefore, for both Paul and James, faith that is active in love testifies to the freely given gift of justification in Christ. Salvation received in Christ needs to be preserved and witnessed to "with fear and trembling. For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.... Do all things without grumbling or questioning... holding fast the word of life", St Paul was to say further, to the Christians of Philippi (cf. Phil 2: 12-14, 16). - Benedict XVI 

Pope at Castel - he did say something...

 In the parable of the Good Samaritan, said Pope Francis, “Jesus shows that the heart of this Samaritan is good and generous and that – unlike the priest and Levite – he practices the will of God, who desires mercy more than sacrifice.”

“God always wants this: mercy,” added the Pope, expanding on his prepared remarks.  “God well knows our pain, our difficulties, and even our sins! (Yet) he gives us his merciful heart.  And this – what the Samaritan did – shows God’s own compassion: mercy towards those who are in need.”
- Francis

1 comment:

  1. I think the morning masses to the public are on hold while he is on stay-cation.


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