Pope: answering God with the heart protects against ideologies
Pope Francis preaches April 19, 2013 to employees of the Vatican press and newspaper. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.
Pope Francis preaches April 19, 2013 to employees of the Vatican press and newspaper. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

.- Pope Francis spent his homily today reflecting on responding to God’s invitations with the heart and not just the intellect, since this leads to ideologies that falsify the Gospel and weigh down the Church.

“The ideologues falsify the gospel. Every ideological interpretation, wherever it comes from – from (whatever side) – is a falsification of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said April 19 at a Mass he celebrated for employees of the Vatican’s printing press and newspaper.

“And these ideologues, as we have seen in the history of the Church, end up being intellectuals without talent, ethicists without goodness – and let us not so much as mention beauty, of which they understand nothing,” he added.

The Pope based his homily on today’s readings from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of John.

The first reading, drawn from Acts, recalled the conversion of St. Paul on the Road to Damascus, while the Gospel was about Jesus telling the Jews in Capernaum’s synagogue that they would not have eternal life unless they ate his flesh and drank his blood.

Each time Jesus speaks, the Pope said, his voice “passes through our mind and goes to the heart, for Jesus seeks our conversion.”

The two main characters in the first reading, Paul and Ananias, respond like the great figures in salvation history, such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, Moses and Mary, he noted.

“It is the response of humility, of one who welcomes the Word of God with one’s heart.”

“But the doctors,” like those who heard Jesus speaking in the synagogue, “answered only with their heads. They do not know that the Word of God goes to the heart, (they) do not know of conversion.”

“They are the ones who walk only ‘on the path of duty,’” theirs is the moralistic (outlook) of those who pretend to understand the Gospel with their heads alone,” the Pope explained.

However, he cautioned, they are not “on the road to conversion, that conversion to which Jesus calls us.”

In fact, the moralists “load everything on the shoulders of the faithful. The ideologues falsify the gospel.”

In contrast the Holy Father pointed to “the path of love, the way of the Gospel,” which “is simple” and is “the road that the saints understood.”

Pope Francis finished his homily by encouraging all present to pray for the Church, “that the Lord might free her from any ideological interpretation and open the heart of the Church, our Mother Church, to the simple Gospel, to that pure Gospel that speaks to us of love, which brings love, and is so beautiful!

“It also makes us beautiful, with the beauty of holiness,” he said.

Tags: Homilies, Pope Francis, Saint Martha's Residence

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: