POPE FRANCIS: JESUS’ PATH, THE PATH OF INTERIOR FREEDOM, OF REDEMPTION, OF TRUE RELIGION, IS A PATH OF HUMILITY AND HUMILIATION
Dear brethren in Christ, Pope Francis in his Monday Mass Homily at Santa Marta (Oct. 10, 2016), upon underlining the importance of performing good deeds with humility and rejecting any outward vainglorious show and practice of Christian life, stressed the importance of having interior freedom which could only be possible through a clean and humble heart, capable of receiving God’s justice, and cutting the bonds of slavery brought about by egoism, sin, worldliness, vanity etc. Jesus’ path, the path towards redemption, the path of the true religion, is that of humility and humiliation, as shown by His Death on the Cross.
Let us ask God to grant us the grace of emptying ourselves through humility, self-abnegation and acts of service, so that God could fill us with His Life and Grace.
Mary, Most Humble, pray for us!
Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei
Below you’ll find the Vatican radio report on Pope Francis’ homily. You might also find very useful the following links on the virtue of humility and its opposite vice, pride, for your personal meditation:
- ON HUMILITY: Know thyself. Why is it so important? Humility, the Basis of all Virtues, the Dwelling Place of Love.https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/06/17/on-humility-know-thyself-why-is-it-so-important-humility-the-basis-of-all-virtues-the-dwelling-place-of-love/
- HUMILITY: Its Effects, the Means to Grow in this Virtue and the Signs of Lack of Humility.https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/06/17/humility-its-effects-the-means-to-grow-in-this-virtue-and-the-signs-of-lack-of-humility/
- PRIDE: The Enemy of Love of God and Love of Neighbour.https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/06/16/pride-the-enemy-of-love-of-god-and-love-of-neighbour/
- IF WE WANT TO BE HOLY, LET’S START WITH HUMILITY in https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2016/02/01/pope-francis-on-humility-humiliation-and-holiness-if-we-want-to-be-holy-we-better-start-by-being-humble/
AUDIO CREDIT: “Virtutes Vocis” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Jesus asks us to perform good deeds with humility and reject a “cosmetics” (maquillage) religion that is merely concerned with its outward appearance and pretending to be what it’s not. The Pope was speaking at his morning Mass on Tuesday celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.
The inspiration for the Pope’s homily was taken from the day’s readings of St Paul’s letter to the Galatians and the Gospel account of where Jesus rebukes a Pharisee for being totally concentrated on the outward appearance of cleanliness rather than on the inner substance of his faith.
Pope Francis noted that Jesus’s answer to that same Pharisee who criticized him for not observing the prescribed washing before the meal was unequivocal.
“’Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.’” And Jesus repeats this many times in the Gospel to these people: Your interior is wicked, is not good and is not free. ‘You are slaves because you have not accepted the justice that comes from God, the justice that Jesus has given us.'”
Mentioning another passage from the Gospel, the Pope noted that Jesus urges us to pray without being seen, without being show-offs or like those cheeky and shameless people who pray and give alms so they can be admired. Our Lord, he stressed, instead shows us the path of humility.
Pope Francis went on to explain that, as Jesus said, what is important is the freedom given to us by redemption.
No to a “cosmetics” religion, avoid outward show
“That inner freedom, that freedom to do good deeds in secret without blowing our trumpets because the path of true religion is Jesus’ path: humility and humiliation. And as Paul says to the Philippians, Jesus humiliates himself, empties himself. This is the only way to remove egoism, cupidity, arrogance, vanity and worldliness from ourselves. On the contrary, these people that Jesus rebukes are people who follow a “cosmetic” religion: (about) show, appearance and pretending to be something but inside… Jesus uses a very strong image to describe these people: “You are like whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of corruption.”
Ask the Lord to reject a religion of outward show
Continuing his reflections, Pope Francis pointed out that Jesus asks us to perform good deeds with humility. He said you can do all the good deeds you want but if you don’t do them with humility, as Jesus taught us, these good deeds count for nothing because they are born from you and your self-assurance rather than from the redemption that Jesus gave us. This same redemption comes via “the path of humility and humiliations because humility never comes without humiliation. And we see Jesus humiliated on the Cross.”
“Let us ask the Lord for us never to get tired of journeying along this path, to never get tired of rejecting this religion of show, of appearance, of pretending. And let us journey silently doing good, freely just as we freely received our inner freedom. And may He guard this inner freedom for all of us. Let us ask for this grace.”