Saying no to hypocrisy gives us the courage to speak the truth, says Francis

 
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Pope Francis at St. Martha's HousePope Francis at St. Martha’s House

The Pope spoke out against political correctness at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, later tweeting: “Christ leads us to go out from ourselves more and more, to give ourselves and to serve others”

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“Hypocrisy is the very language of corruption. A Christian should not use a “socially mannered language”, prone to hypocrisy, but speak the truth of the Gospel with the transparency of a child,” Pope Francis said during the mass he celebrated this morning in St. Martha’s House. The president of Italian state broadcasting company, RAI, Anna Maria Tarantola and Director General, Luigi Gubitosi, attended the celebration.

 

“From the corrupt to their language of choice: hypocrisy. Pope Francis continued his thread of thought from Monday’s homily in his reflections on the episode recounted in the Gospel of the day: The tribute due to Caesar, and the Pharisees and of the Herodians’ subtle questioning of Christ on the legitimacy of that tribute,” Vatican Radio reported.

 

“Let us think closely today: What is our language? – the Pope asked – Do we speak in truth, with love, or do we speak with that social language to be polite, even say nice things, which we do not feel? Let our language be evangelical brothers and sisters! Then these hypocrites that start out with flattery, adulation and all of that, end up, through false witnesses, with accusing the very ones they had flattered.” “Those who now approached Jesus and “seem so amiable in their language, are the same people who will go to fetch him on Thursday evening in the Garden of Olives,” Vatican Radio quoted the Pope saying.

 

Centering his reflection on hypocrisy being the language of the corrupt, the Pope recalled how the Pharisees spoke to Jesus “with soft words, with beautiful words, with overly sweet words.”They try to show themselves his friends.” But it is all false because “they do not love the truth” but only themselves, “and so they try to deceive, to involve others in their deceit, their lies. They have a lying heart, they cannot tell the truth.”

 

“Hypocrisy is the very language of corruption. And when Jesus speaks to his disciples, he says: ‘let your language be,’ Yes, yes! No, no ‘. Hypocrisy is not a language of truth, because the truth is never given alone. Never! It is always given with love! There is no truth without love. Love is the first truth. If there is no love, there is no truth. They want a true enslaved to their interests. There is a love, of sorts: it is love of self, love for oneself. That narcissist idolatry that leads them to betray others, that leads them to abuse of trust,” Francis said.

 

“And the meekness that Jesus wants us to have – the Pope added – has nothing, has nothing of this adulation, this sickly sweet way of going on. Nothing! Meekness is simple, it is like that of a child. And a child is not hypocritical, because it is not corrupt. When Jesus says to us: ‘Let your speech be’ Yes is yes! No, is no! ‘with the soul of a child’, he means the exact opposite to the speech of these [hypocrites, Ed.].”

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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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