At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House the Pope said that this dictatorship “it takes up stones to stone the freedom of the people, the freedom of the people, their freedom of conscience, the relationship of the people with God”
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Today there is a dictatorship of narrow-mindedness that kills people’s freedom. This was the Pope’s message at his morning mass celebration in St. Martha’s House.
In his homily Francis reflected on the attitude of the Pharisees and how closed they were to Jesus’ message. Their mistake, the Pope pointed out, was “detaching the commandments from the heart of God.” They thought everything could be resolved by respecting the commandments. But these commandments “are not just a cold law,” because they are born from a relationship of love and are “indications” that help us avoid mistakes in our journey to meet Jesus, Vatican Radio says, quoting the Pope’s words.
By doing so, the Pharisees close their hearts and minds to “all things new.” “This is the drama of the closed heart, the drama of the closed mind – the Pope said – and when the heart is closed, this heart closes the mind, and when the heart and mind are closed there is no place for God,” only for what we believe should be done.
“It is a closed way of thinking that is not open to dialogue, to the possibility that there is something else, the possibility that God speaks to us, tells us about His journey, as he did to the prophets. These people did not listen to the prophets and did not listen to Jesus. It is something greater than a mere stubbornness. No, it is more: it is the idolatry of their own way of thinking. ‘I think this, it has to be this way, and nothing more’. These people had a narrow line of thought and wanted to impose this way of thinking on the people of God, Jesus rebukes them for this: ‘ You burden the people with many commandments and you do not touch them with your finger’.”
Francis noted that Jesus “rebukes their incoherence.” “The theology of these people becomes a slave to this pattern, this pattern of thought: a narrow line of thought“. “There is no possibility of dialogue; there is no possibility to open up to new things which God brings with the prophets. They killed the prophets, these people; they close the door to the promise of God. When this phenomenon of narrow thinking enters human history, how many misfortunes. We all saw in the last century, the dictatorships of narrow thought , which ended up killing a lot of people, but when they believed they were the overlords, no other form of though was allowed. This is the way they think.”
“Even today there is the idolatry of a narrow line of thought,” Francis said. “Today we have to think in this way and if you do not think in this way, you are not modern, you’re not open or worse. Often rulers say: ‘I have asked for aid, financial support for this’, ‘ But if you want this help, you have to think in this way and you have to pass this law, and this other law and this other law…’ Even today, there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought and this dictatorship is the same as these people: it takes up stones to stone the freedom of the people, the freedom of the people, their freedom of conscience, the relationship of the people with God. Today Jesus is crucified once again.”
“The Lord’s exhortation “faced with this dictatorship is always the same: be vigilant and pray; do not be silly, do not buy” things “you do not need, be humble and pray, that the Lord always gives us the freedom of an open heart, to receive his Word which is joy and promise and covenant! And with this covenant move forward!”” the Pope concluded this morning’s mass by saying.
Are there any Pharisees sitting in Archbishops House in Mumbai who close their hearts and minds to “all things new.”
Are there any Pharisees who choose not to reply to uncomfortable letters?
Are there any Pharisees who deliberately do not publish letters sent to them?
Are there any Pharisees in Archbishops House who ‘ burden the people with many commandments and they themselves do not touch them with their finger’.”