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

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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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RomeWith 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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4 Responses to Francis: God wants to save everyone but the ruling class stands in his way

  1. ralphpaulcoelho says:

    Will the ‘ruling class’ in the Church reflect ?

  2. Some two thousand years ago, came a person who taught only good and sacrifice– he was slowly joined by a group of good followers, who went about with HIM and showed the world by example how to be good people; they were just ordinary folks– farmers, fishermen, and those from ordinary lifestyles– This MAN showed the world what it meant to LOVE & CARE– the ultimate demonstration was that suffering and horrible death on the CROSS– what HE tried to teach us was that ” NO GREATER LOVE HATH ANY MAN– BUT THAT HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND ”
    He chose PETER the rock to lead this confused bunch of good men– slowly their successors graduated to become ” PRINCES ” of the Church– all the worldly trappings followed–
    I really pray that our Dear POPE Francis is able to steer the Church back to the original path JESUS wanted it to be !!!!!!
    LET US PRAY !!!!!!!

  3. Ginger says:

    It is interesting how Pope Francis freely judges the “ruling class” with their 613 commandments and informs us how wrong these people are, but when it comes to judging homosexuals he tells us that each case must be judged individually. It reminds me that GOD judged each case individually in Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed all of them.

  4. One must never forget that Pope Francis is trying his best to bring back what Christianity is all about ” COMPASSION & CARING ”
    To pass remarks and ” JUDGE ” is very easy — because the tongue does not have a bone which can break when it it twisted and contorted when slandering someone. All be it the truth.
    Somewhere it is written ” LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN — CAST THE FIRST STONE ”
    What these ” PRINCES ” of the Church have been doing, is not right — they have deviated from the path that JESUS showed/taught–
    But let us be patient– Pope Francis is the light who is trying to shine at the end of the tunnel,
    and I personally have no doubt that the HOLY SPIRIT is fortifying him.
    There is no magic wand for Pope Francis to wave and bring the Church back to all its sanctity in a jiffy !!!!!!

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