Pope warns against false securities of wealth, vanity, power
Pope Francis says Mass for the Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2014. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA.
Pope Francis says Mass for the Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2014. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA.
By Elise Harris
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- In his homily at Friday's Mass, Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in false treasures which enslave and weigh us down, but rather in the treasures of heaven that lead to freedom.

“Here is the message of Jesus: ‘if your treasure is in wealth, in vanity, in power, in pride, your heart will be chained there! Your heart will be enslaved by wealth, vanity, pride,” the Pope explained in his June 20 Mass.

“And what Jesus wants is that we have a free heart! This is today's message.”

Speaking to those present in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, the Roman Pontiff centered his reflections on the day’s Gospel, in which Christ warns his disciples not to store up treasure on earth.

This is “a prudent counsel” stated the Pope, noting that when Christ speaks of earthly treasure there are “mainly three,” and Jesus “always came back to the same subject.”

“The first treasure: gold, money, richness. But you are not secure with this because, maybe, they will steal it from you, no? I am not secure with these investments!”

“Maybe the stock market crashes and you remain with nothing! And then tell me, does one more dollar make you happier or not? Wealth, (it is a ) dangerous treasure, dangerous … ”

Acknowledging that although money “serves to do so many good things, to advance the family,” the Bishop of Rome explained that “if you build it up as a treasure, it will steal your soul!”

“Jesus in the Gospel returns to this topic, on wealth, on the danger of richness, on putting one's hope in riches” he noted, stating that two other great temptations are those of vanity and power, which stem from pride.

On the contrary, Christ wants us to have “a free heart” the Pope observed, pointing out that “this is today's message… 'please, have a free heart,' Jesus tells us. He speaks to us of the freedom of the heart.”

Going on, he emphasized that “you can only have a free heart with the treasures of heaven: love, patience, service to others, adoration of God.”

“These are the true riches that cannot be stolen. The other riches weigh down the heart. They weigh down the heart: they chain it, they do not give it freedom!”

Pope Francis then referred to Christs' words that “the lamp of the body is the eye” and that “if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.”

“A luminous heart that is not chained, a heart that advances also ages well, because it ages like good wine: when good wine ages it's a fine aged wine” the Roman Pontiff noted, explaining that on the other hand “the heart that is not illuminated is like the not-so-good wine.”

“Time passes and it breaks down and becomes vinegar” he stated, praying that God would give us the “spiritual prudence to understand better where my heart is at, and to what treasure my heart is attached.”

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis prayed that the Lord give to all the strength “to unchain” our heart if it is chained, “so that it becomes free, becomes bright and give us this beautiful joy of being children of God: that true freedom.”

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?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 26, 2015

Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 3:22-30


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 3:22-30