Pope Francis, during this morning’s homily at Santa Marta House, spoke about Saint Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, for whom “The Christian is blessed by the Father, who is God”.
For the pontiff, Christians are “blessed because they are chosen,
because they are forgiven, and because they forge a path”. This is
Highlighting the "features of this blessing," Francis drew a portrait
of the good Christian. First of all, the Christian is a chosen person.
In fact, God calls us one by one, "not as an oceanic crowd."
We have been chosen, expected by the Father. “Imagine a couple
expecting a baby. 'How will he or she be? And how will he or she smile?
And talk?' I dare say that we, each of us, has been dreamt by the Father
as a father and a mother dream about their awaited baby. This gives one
great security. The Father wanted you, not the mass of people, no, you,
you, you. Each of us. And this foundation is the basis of our
relationship with God. We speak of a Father who loves us, who chose us,
who gave us a name."
Of course, Francis went on to say, this might explain how a Christian
"may feel not chosen by the Father". However, when instead he or she
feels as part of a community, he or she is “like a fan of a football
club." The Christian “chooses a team and belongs to the football team."
The Christian, therefore, "is chosen, he or she is a dream from God."
And when we live like this, the pope added, "our hearts are filled with
great consolation," and we do not feel abandoned” or “told to make the
best of it”.
The second part of the Christian blessing is feeling forgiven. "A man
or woman who does not feel forgiven," the Holy Father noted, is not
fully "Christian: We have all been forgiven with the price of the blood
of Christ. But what have I been forgiven for? It is a reminder of the
bad things one did, not one’s friend’s, or one’s neighbours, but our
own. 'What bad things have I done in life?' The Lord has forgiven these
things. Here, I am blessed, I am a Christian. That is, the first part: I
am chosen, dreamt by God, with a name that God gave me, loved by God.
The second part is forgiven by God."
In the third part, the Christian "is a man and a woman forging
towards fullness, towards an encounter with Christ who redeemed us”. "A
Christian cannot stand still. The Christian must always move forward, he
must forge ahead. The Christian who stands still is a Christian who
received a talent and for fear of life, fear of losing, fear of his or
boss, out of fear or convenience, buried it. He or she is calm and
spends a life going nowhere. The Christian is a man or a woman forging
ahead, on a journey, who are always doing good, trying to do good and
This, in a nutshell is the Christian identity according to pope.
Christians are "blessed, because they are chosen, because they are
forgiven, because they forge a path. We are not anonymous, we are not
haughty", with no "need for forgiveness" or “standing still”.
"May the Lord,” the pope said, “be with us by the grace of the
blessing he has given us, that is the blessing of our Christian