Vatican City, Nov 5, 2017 / 06:06 am
On Sunday Pope Francis offered some punchy advice to both average faithful and people in positions of authority, saying true power is expressed through service and a good example, which Christians must always show to others in humility.
Speaking during his Nov. 5 Angelus address, Pope Francis told pilgrims that "a frequent defect in those who have authority, whether it is civil or ecclesiastical authority, is to demand from others things, even justly, but which they do not put into practice firsthand. They lead a double life."
He noted how in day's Gospel reading from Matthew, Jesus, whose death is drawing nearer, offers "serious critiques" of the scribes, and at the same time leaves "important signs" for Christians not just of that time, but of all times, including us today.
Jesus, Francis noted, tells his disciples to listen to the scribes and the Pharisees say, because they have the authority to teach on the law, but not to imitate what they do, because "they preach but they do not practice."