Christians shouldn't be afraid 'to get their hands dirty' in order to save others from sin
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11/7/2014 (4 years ago)
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Pope Francis has called Christians to action, reminding that the faithful should not be afraid to get their hands dirty to do whatever it takes to save everyone from sin.
Pope Francis says that the scribes and Pharisees, on the other hand, "go halfway. They care about having the balance sheet of profits and losses be more or less in their favor." The thought of losing a few sheep doesn't bother them in the least as long as they can say "I earned a lot" in the end.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In his morning homily, Pope said that "a true priest, a true Christian, have this zeal inside that no one should be lost. And for this reason they aren't afraid of getting their hands dirty. They're not afraid.
"They go where they must, they risk their life, risk their reputation, risk losing their comforts, their social status, even losing their ecclesiastical career, too. But they are a good pastor, and Christians must be this way, too," according to Vatican Radio.
Real Christians should not be afraid to get their hands dirty to save people from their sin.
The Pope's homily focused on the day's Gospel reading from St. Luke (15:1-10), in which Jesus explains to the Pharisees and scribes why he welcomes and eats with sinners.
"It was a real scandal back then" for anyone to associate with such sinners, the Pope said. "Imagine if there had been newspapers back then!" he added.
Jesus explained why he did so: "To go and search for those who were distanced from the Lord," Pope Francis said.
"God is not a businessman," who is making sure any effort brings in high returns; "God is a father and he goes all out, all the way to save" even just one person, the Pope added, "This is God's love."
"He doesn't stop halfway on the path of salvation, as if to say, 'I did everything. It's their problem.' He always goes, He heads out, and He comes down."
He said that the scribes and Pharisees, on the other hand, "go halfway. They care about having the balance sheet of profits and losses be more or less in their favor." The thought of losing a few sheep doesn't bother them in the least as long as they can say "I earned a lot" in the end.
Pope Francis also told Catholic leaders in Malawi that in order to build their nation they must focus on the families of their faithful.
"It is in the family, with its unique capacity to form each member, particularly the young, into persons of love, sacrifice, commitment and fidelity, that the Church and society in Malawi will find the resources necessary to renew and build up a culture of solidarity," the Pope said.
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