Pope: the corrupt, those who worship only themselves or their group, do so much harm to the Church. But there are also saints

https://i2.wp.com/www.asianews.it/files/img/1_0_697831.jpgThe “corrupt” are those who from being “normal sinners” take one more step, they cut off their relationship with God’s love, “they do not need God,” they love only themselves or their group and “do so much harm to the Church.”

This is the lesson drawn by Pope Francis from the parable of the wicked tenants, as told in today’s Gospel.

In his homily for morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta residence, a summary of which was released by Vatican Radio, the Pope said that there are “three types of Christians in the Church; sinners, the corrupt and saints.”

It “is not necessary to talk too much” about sinners, “because we all are”. We know all about ourselves “inside and out and we know what a sinner is. And if any one of us does not feel this to be the case, then he or she needs to make a visit to the spiritual doctor” because “something is wrong”.

The parable, however, tells us of another figure, of those who want to “take possession of the vineyard and have lost their relationship with the Lord of the vineyard.” A Master who “called us with love, protects us, but then gives us freedom.” These people “feel they are strong, they felt autonomous from God”:

“These, slowly, slipped on that autonomy, autonomy in their relationship with God: ‘We do not need that Master, he better not bother us!’. And we will go ahead with this. These are the corrupt! Those who were sinners like all of us, but who have taken one more step forward, as if they had consolidated themselves in their sin: they do not need God!  It seems this way, because this relationship with God is in their genetic code. And because they can not deny it, they make a special god: they themselves are god. These are the corrupt”. This “is a danger for all of us.” In the “Christian communities” the corrupt think only of their own group: “Good, good. He’s one of us’ – they think – but, in fact,” are only out for themselves”.

“This is how Judah began: from a miserly sinner miser he ended up corrupt. The road of self-autonomy is a dangerous one: the corrupt are extremely forgetful, they have forgotten the love with which the Lord has made the vineyard, He made them! They cut-off their relationship with this love! And they become worshipers of themselves. How bad are the corrupt in the Christian community! May the Lord deliver us from sliding down this road of corruption”.

But in today’s Gospel, there are also the saints, those who “go to collect the rent” of the vineyard and today is the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Pope John XXIII, “a model of holiness.” The saints of the parable, said Francis, “know what awaits them, but they must do it and do their duty.”

“The saints, those who obey the Lord, those who worship the Lord, those who have not lost the memory of the love with which the Lord has made the vineyard. Saints in the Church. And just as the corrupt do so much bad to the Church, the saints do so much good. The apostle John says of the corrupt that they are the antichrist, that they are among us, but that they are not of us. The Word of God speaks to us of the saints as light, ‘those that will be before the throne of God in worship ‘. Let us ask the Lord today for the grace to know that we are sinners, but really sinners, not common (generic – ed) sinners, but sinners in this, this and this, concrete, with the concreteness of sin. The grace not to become corrupt: sinful yes, corrupt, no! And the grace to travel the path of holiness. So be it. “

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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5 Responses to Pope: the corrupt, those who worship only themselves or their group, do so much harm to the Church. But there are also saints

  1. In his homily, Pope Francis has so nicely brought out, without saying it in so many words, that the secular/diocesan clergy have found a new god to worship; some evil force who they are replacing JESUS with; the god that is worshiped by many these days — MONEY, and all the material comforts it can bring. As I have said before, and will continue to say, here comes our frail old man POPE who is plodding along; but the light at the end of the tunnel is clearly visible; he will bring about a realization and change in our wily clergy. It will not be easy and smooth but let us pray that THE HOLY SPIRIT continues to help and guide him. AMEN

  2. While Pope Francis is seen to be doing the right things, his field soldiers are doing just the opposite. In the case of The Archdiocese of Bombay, I have yet to see a audited receipt/expenditure report that is submitted to The Charity Commissioner. What about Church land that is sold off for tuppence and church property that is transferred to the relatives of the administrators..This is against the law.
    Wake up people demand answers.Our Dear cardinal Oswald Gracias may soon move to Rome and one that takes over will say he does not know.

  3. Peter Prabhu says:

    One corrupt Cardinal is sleeping in Rome with the gaylords!

  4. Pingback: Corrupt Christians cause grave harm to Church, says | SILENT VOICE

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