How to embrace spiritual poverty? —Seek the riches of God…
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015
Brothers and Sisters,
A Church that is truly faithful to the Lord – he said – must be humble, poor and trusting in God.
To be a humble Church or a humble person one must be prepared to say: “I am a sinner”. Humility is not a pretense; it’s not a theatrical attitude. True humility demands that the Church and that each and every one of us take a first step and recognizes one’s sinfulness.
And if anyone has the habit of being judgmental, pointing to the defects of others and gossiping about them, then he is not a humble person.
The second step is poverty, which is the first of the Beatitudes.
To be poor in spirit means that one is attached only to the riches of God.
So we must say no to a Church that is attached to money, that thinks of money, that thinks of how to earn money.
The Pope recalled the martyrdom of the Deacon Lawrence, an heroic witness in the first millennium who assembled the poor before the emperor saying they represented the real gold and silver of the Church, and he warned against some ancient customs which demanded monetary offers from pilgrims in order to pass through the Holy Door.
As is known in a temple of the diocese, to pass through the Holy Door, naively they said to people that you had to make an offer: this is not the Church of Jesus, this is the Church of these chiefs priests, attached to money.
The third step for a humble Church is to always trust in the Lord that never disappoints.
Where is my faith? In power, in friends, in money? It is in the Lord!
The legacy that God promised to leave us is of a humble and poor people who trust in the name of the Lord. Humble because it knows it sins; poor because it is attached to the riches of God; trusting in the Lord because it knows that only He has its good at heart” he said.
As we prepare for Christmas – for a humble heart, a poor heart, a heart that trusts in the Lord who never disappoints.