THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
NO RIVALRY OR VAINGLORY
Most if not all Christian groups and movements are self-referential,
that is, while they profess to serve the Church (and indeed
they do), they are also concerned about their own group’s
well-being and advancement. And whether they admit it or not,
they seek to be the best, the largest, the most influential,
the most important. Oftentimes, they would even do sinful
things, such as putting down other groups or blocking their
work (even filing scandalous court cases).
Our work for the Church has gone on self-giving rather than
self-referential mode in LCSC. Here we do not promote ourselves,
we do not recruit everyone we evangelize, we do not trumpet
the wide work that we as a community do. We do not seek our
own interests, but only the interests of God and His Church.
Further, since LCSC is parish work, it can be participated
in by all parish organizations. Since it focuses on the basic
proclamation of the gospel, which is the missing first step
in the work of parishes, all organizations can share in this
all-important work. As such, it removes rivalry and promotes
harmonious cooperation and unity. LCSC can be the thread that
binds all parish ministries and groups as one.
Morning Homily: Rivalry and Vainglory Weaken the Church
Faithful to Place the Needs of Others Before Their Own
Junno Arocho Esteves
CITY, November 03, 2014 ( Zenit.org) - When
no one seeks his own interests and is genuinely grateful,
then there is harmony in the Church. This
was the main theme of Pope Francis' homily during his morning
Mass at Casa Santa Marta today.
reflected on the First reading from St. Paul’s letter
to the Philippians, in which the Apostle says to “do
nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly
regard others as more important than yourselves."
to Vatican Radio, the Pope noted that often in churches, parishes
and schools, we can find rivalry and vainglory, referring
to them as “two worms that eat the fabric of the Church,
and vainglory go against this harmony, this agreement. Instead
of rivalry and vainglory, what does Paul recommend? ‘Rather,
humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,’”
the Pope said.
“[St. Paul] felt this himself. He qualifies himself
as ‘not worthy to be called an apostle,' the least one.
He even strongly humbles himself there.”
that the Church celebrates today the memorial of St. Martin
de Porres, the Pope said that the example set by the “humble
Dominican friar” is something that Christians should
aspire to. St. Martin’s spirituality, he said, was in
service; a spirituality that the first reading calls all to
Holy Father also spoke on today’s Gospel, in which Jesus
invites one of the Pharisees to invite to a banquet those
who “have no ability to repay you.” Jesus, the
Pope said, urges to “not take the road of seeking repayment.”
is gratuity!” the Pope exclaimed. “When there
is harmony in a Church, there is unity, no one seeks his or
her own interests, and there is an attitude of gratefulness.
I do good; I don't strike a deal with good.”
Concluding his homily, the Pope invited the faithful to ask
themselves if they have a spirit of gratitude or of seeking
this spirit, this sentiment of love, unanimity, concord, without
selfishness or vainglory, of humility, is this vision that
others are superior to us, in our parish, in our community
... and perhaps we will find that there is something to improve.
Now, how can I help to improve this?” he asked.
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