Vatican Radio REPORT: Lukewarm Christians are those who want to build a church to their own specifications, but it is not the Church of Jesus: this is what Pope Francis said today during a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Present at the Mass were volunteers from the pediatric dispensary "Santa Marta" in the Vatican, entrusted to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who for 90 years have supported children and families in need in Rome without distinction of religion or nationality.
The first Christian community, after the persecution, lives a moment
of peace, it is united, it walks and grows "in the fear of the Lord and with the
comfort of the Holy Spirit": This was the Pope’s comment following the reading
from the Acts of the Apostles. It is this very air in which the Church lives and
breathes, called to walk in the presence of God in an irreproachable
"It 'is a style of the Church. To walk in the fear of the Lord is
a 'sense of adoration, the presence of God, no? The Church walks and so when we
are in the presence of God we do not do bad things or make bad decisions. We are
in God's sight with joy and happiness: this is the security of the Holy Spirit,
that is the gift that the Lord has given us - this comfort - that keeps us
In the Gospel from the liturgy of the day many disciples truly
believe the language of Jesus, they whisper, are shocked and eventually leave
"These people have turned away, they are gone, they say,
'this man is a bit' strange, he says things that are hard…It 's too big a risk
to go down this road. We have common sense, eh? Let's go 'back a little and not
so close to Him'. These people, perhaps, had a certain admiration for Jesus, but
little 'from afar: not to meddle too much with this man, because he says things
that are a bit' strange ... ".
These Christians - the Pope said - " are
not united in the Church, they do not walk in God's presence, they don’t have
the security of the Holy Spirit, they do not make up the Church":
are Christians of good sense only: they keep their distance. Christians - so to
speak they are - 'satellites', that have a small church, in size: to quote the
words of Jesus in Revelation, 'lukewarm Christians'. The indifference that is in
the Church ... They walk only in the presence of common sense, common sense ...
that worldly prudence: This is a temptation just worldly prudence. "
Francis reflected on so many Christians "that now bear witness to the name of
Jesus, even unto martyrdom." These - he says - are not 'Christian satellites',
because "they go with Jesus on the path of Jesus":
"These people know
exactly what Peter says to the Lord. They understand exactly what Peter says the
Lord, when the Lord asks the question: 'Do you also want to go, be' Christian
satellites '?'. Simon Peter answers him: 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have
the words of eternal life '. So from a large group there becomes a group a
little 'smaller, but those who know perfectly well that they cannot go somewhere
else, because only He, the Lord, has the words of eternal life. "
Pope finally recites this prayer:
"Let us pray for the Church, will
continue to grow, unite, to walk in the fear of God and with the security of the
Holy Spirit. May the Lord deliver us from the temptation of that 'common sense',
and in inverted commas, “the temptation to whisper against Jesus, because it is
too demanding, and the temptation from scandal. So be it.
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