The pope pointed to the first part of the entrance antiphon recited at the start of that Mass: “O God, when you went forth before your people, marching with them and living among them...”
He urged Catholics to remember to “pass down the history of our salvation,” and to ask the Lord to help them have the awareness of being children of Abraham, as the Virgin Mary says in the Magnificat and Zechariah in his Benedictus, canticles which are recited or sung in the Liturgy of the Hours.
Christianity, the pope said, is belonging to the people with whom the Lord made his covenant.
Pope Francis also spoke in his homily about what he thinks Christianity is not.
“Christianity is a doctrine, yes, but not only,” he stated. “Christianity is not just an ethic. Yes, indeed, it has moral principles,” but it is not just having an ethical viewpoint.
Francis went on to say that Christianity is also more than an exclusionary vision of an “‘elite’ of people chosen for the truth.” He criticized when this attitude comes into the Church as a belief in the damnation of others.
It is good to be a moral people, he said, but “Christianity is belonging to a people, to a people freely chosen by God.”
“If we do not have this awareness of belonging to a people we would be ideological Christians,” he said.
The pope explained that this is why, in order to speak about Jesus, St. Paul starts by explaining “from the beginning, from belonging to a people.”
He warned that when Christians lose the sense of belonging to the people of God’s covenant, they often fall into “partialities,” whether dogmatic, moral, or elitist.
Francis called this “the most dangerous deviation” Christians can fall into today.
Before Mass, Pope Francis noted that he had received a letter from a group of artists, thanking him for remembering them in prayer in April.
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He added that he “would like to ask the Lord to bless them because artists make us understand what beauty is and without beauty the Gospel cannot be understood.”
“Let’s pray for artists again,” he urged.
After Mass, the pope concluded the livestream with Eucharistic adoration, benediction, and the Marian antiphon “Regina coeli.”