During this morning’s mass in the Sanctae Marthae residence, Bergoglio spoke about the moment in the Gospel when Judas criticised the Magdalene for washing Jesus’ feet with nard. “The ideologue does not know what love is,” Francis said, before going on to mention Satan who “always rips us off”
ANDREA TORNIELLI Taken from Vatican Insider
“The ideologue does not know what love is, because they do not know how to gift themselves,” Pope Francis said during the mass he celebrated in the Sanctae Marthae residence this morning. The mass was attended by a group of Vatican Museum employees and some students of the Pontifical Portuguese College of Rome. As always, a summary of the Pope’s homily has been published on the Vatican Radio website.
If we really want to follow Jesus – the Pope said – we must “live life as a gift” to give to others, “not as a treasure to be kept to ourselves.” The Pope quoted the words of Christ: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” But Tuesday’s liturgy, he noted, also presents us with another person: Judas, “who had the exact opposite attitude.” And this, he explained, was because Judas “never understood what gift really means.”
“Let us think of that moment with the Magdalene, when she washed the feet of Jesus with nard, which was so expensive” – the Pope continued –. “It is a religious moment, a moment of gratitude, a moment of love. And he [Judas] stands apart and criticizes her bitterly: ‘But … this could be used for the poor!’. This is the first reference that I personally found in the Gospel of poverty as an ideology. The ideologue does not know what love is, because they do not know how to gift themselves.”
Francis pointed out that Judas stood apart “in his solitude” and this attitude of selfishness grew to the point of his “betrayal of Jesus.” He said those who love “give their lives as a gift”, the selfish instead “safeguards his life, grows in this selfishness and becomes a traitor, but is always alone.” However, those who “give their life for love, are never alone: they are always in the community, part of the family.” The Pope warned that those who “isolate their conscience in selfishness,” in the end “lose”. This is how Judas ended up, the Pope said, he “was an idolater, attached to money”.
“This idolatry has led him to isolate himself from the community of others: this is the drama of the isolated conscience. When a Christian begins to isolate themselves, he or she also insulates his or her conscience from the sense of community, the sense of the Church, from that love that Jesus gives us. Instead, the Christian who gifts his or her life, who loses it, as Jesus says, finds it again, finds it in its fullness. And those who, like Judas, want to keep it for themselves, lose it in the end. John tells us that ‘at that moment Satan entered into Judas’ heart’. And, we must say: With Satan the payback is rotten. He always rips us off, always!”.