Francis: God wants to save everyone but the ruling class stands in his way

 
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(©Afp) The Pope

At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope urged faithful not to wander around searching for gurus to teach them about a salvation that is different from Jesus’. His salvation comes through mercy and forgiveness

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With the Extraordinary Synod on the family just a few days away, Pope Francis recalled that throughout history, it has always been “the ruling class that [has] close[d] the doors to the way in which God wants to save us.” Francis said this at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, inviting faithful to believe in the salvation proclaimed by Jesus instead of “wander[ing] around looking for gurus to teach me another kind”.

 

Francis listed the attitudes of the ruling class in Jesus’ times: “They argue, they try to trick him and catch him out because they are resisting his offer of salvation. Jesus says to them, “I don’t understand you! You are like those children who say ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn’. What do you want?” They want, the Pope said, to save themselves and remain closed to the way of the Lord.” Salvation comes through mercy and forgiveness, not through sacrifice. “The drama of their resistance to salvation” is that they want to save themselves their “own way”. “How do I want to be saved?” “By a spirituality that is good for me, but static, self-explanatory and without any risk? Or by the divine, by Jesus who always surprises us, which always opens to us the doors to the mystery of God’s Omnipotence of, which is mercy and forgiveness?”

 

“All God wants is to save humanity but the problem is that humans often want to dictate the rules of salvation.”  “This explains the intense exchanges Jesus has with the ruling class of his day,” Francis stressed in his homily.

 

Those who feel they are the chosen ones show a reluctance to be saved. “It is the ruling class that closes the doors to the way in which God wants to save us.”The people of faith, however, understand and “accept” the salvation brought by Jesus. Their leaders, on the other hand, reduce salvation to the fulfilment of the 613 commandments they have created through their intellectual and theological fervour.” “They do not believe in mercy and forgiveness, they believe in the sacrifice.” “They believe in everything being settled, well organized, clear cut. This is the drama of resistance to salvation. “This drama exists within each and every one of us,” the Pope said.

 

The Gospel also describes this drama, this reluctance to be saved. “Jesus says to them, ‘I don’t understand you! You are like those children who say ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn. What do you want?’” To which they reply: “‘We want to make the rules for our own salvation!’”. “This is the dramatic paradox,” Francis said, “of so many of the Bible stories which culminate in the life of Jesus himself.”

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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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2 Responses to Francis: God wants to save everyone but the ruling class stands in his way

  1. John Menezes says:

    In the Douay Rheims version of the Bible, Hell is mentioned more than 100 times, In a message to the three seers at Fatima in 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary stated that most souls go to Hell because of the sins of the flesh. After each decade of the Holy Rosary, the following prayer is recited: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.” Sr. Lucia has stated that “The correct form is the one she has written in her account of the apparition of July 13: ‘O my Jesus, pardon us, and save us from the fire of hell; draw all souls to heaven, especially those most in need.’
    Now, Holy Father Francis, Bishop of Rome. has stated at st. Martha’s Hotel that it has always been “the ruling class that [has] close[d] the doors to the way in which God wants to save us.”
    Could Cardinal Oswald Gracias, one of the 8 advisers to Holy Father Francis, clarify the positions of sin and mercy in the light of Holy Scripture and the messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima in 1917?
    A confused Catholic

  2. andrea says:

    God Bless our Pope Francis i all his work

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