"I like to think that the first sermon of Jesus in the stable was a cry, the first".
The Pope said commenting on "the concert", as he called
the crying of some of the 28 children - 13 girls and 15 boys - baptized
this morning in the Sistine Chapel.
"The Concert", in the words of Francis, started "because the children
are in a place they do not know, they got up earlier than usual,
perhaps, one begins the tune and then the others mimic ... Some cry
simply because he the 'other’ is crying". "Jesus – he said in an
unprepared homily - did the same. "I like to think that the first sermon
of Jesus in the stable was a cry, the first".
Then turning to parents and godparents, "you - he continued - asked
for faith for your children. The faith given in Baptism, means a life
of faith, because faith is lived, it means to walk on the road of faith
and bear witness to the faith. Faith is not to recite the Creed at
Sunday Mass, it is not only this. Faith is believing what is the truth:
God the Father who sent his Son and the Spirit gives life ". But faith
"is also trust in God, and that you have to teach, by your example and
by your life. Faith is light: in the baptism ceremony you will be given a
candle lit as in the early days of the Church. At that time, baptism
was called 'enlightenment' because faith illuminates the heart, to see
things with a different light. "
And parents have "the task to make it grow, preserve it" and “give
witness to all the others." "This is the meaning of this ceremony," said
Francis, "do not forget: you have asked for faith, to you the task of
guarding the faith, nourish it, and witness to it for all of us. For all
of us. Even for us priests, priests, bishops. "
During the Mass, finally, he also prayed for the children who suffer
so that "the Lord always arouse men and women capable of reaching down
to them with untiring charity."