Anyone who utters Christian words without putting them into practice hurts oneself and others, because they are based on pride and cause division in the Church.
Those were the Pope’s words during his homily at Mass
this Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Martha.
his cue from Thursday’s liturgy, Pope Francis explained that Jesus
rebuked the Pharisees for knowing the commandments, but not implementing
them in their lives.
They are " good words," he said, but if they
are not put into practice "not only do they not serve us, but they hurt :
they deceive us , they make us believe that we have a beautiful home,
but without a foundation” .
The Holy Father went on to say that the Lord is our foundation. Our rock is Jesus Christ.
on this theme Pope Francis underlined that “a Christian word without
Christ at its centre leads to vanity, to pride, power for the sake of
power.” The Lord, said the Pope, breaks down these people who believe
themselves to be the Rock.
The Holy Father affirmed during his
Homily that we would " do well to examine our own consciences” to see
whether our Christian words are indeed Christ centred because when they
are not, he said, they divide us from ourselves and divide the Church.
Francis concluded his Homily by saying “let us ask the Lord to help in
this humility, to speak words rooted in Jesus Christ.