Scribes

Pastor’s authority comes from closeness to God and people ‎

In his homily at Mass, Pope Francis compares the authority of Jesus with that of the Scribes and doctors ‎of the law who were far from God and the people. ‎ Emotion, closeness and consistency are what characterize the authority of Jesus the pastor. Pope Francis made the point in his homily at Mass, Tuesday morning, [...]

Reflections for the feast of Epiphany

Epiphany celebrates Jesus’ first appearance to the Gentiles, as represented by the Magi, while the Eastern Churches commemorate the Baptism of Christ, where the Father and the Holy Spirit give combined testimony to Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Is 60:1-6;   Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6;   Mt. 2:1-12 Homily starter anecdote “Because you never know what’s going [...]

Christians must have fraternal attitude

Pope Francis’ Angelus address focused on the words of Jesus from Sunday’s Gospel, including the Lord’s “severe criticisms” of the scribes and Pharisees, and His directions to Christians “of all times,” including our own. Christ’s saying that “the scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses” and His command to “do [...]

Jesus' mercy fulfils the law

Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Monday. Reflecting on the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father focused on the significance of Jesus’ fulfillment of the law: what it means, and how He accomplishes it. Taking his queues from the day’s Gospel, in which St. John’s account of Our [...]

Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul

The Church must avoid the risk of closing in on itself out of persecution and fear, the Pope said. At the same time, she must be able to see “the small openings through which God can work.” Prayer, he said, “enables grace to open a way out from closure to openness, from fear to courage, from [...]

Christians Who Have Hardened Hearts Are Orphans

What Is Required of Us to Be Part of His Flock Pope Francis says a Christian who doesn’t allow himself to be led by the Father is an orphan. The Holy Father stressed this during his daily morning Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. The Pope drew inspiration from today’s biblical passage [...]