THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
AFFIRMING OUR DIRECTION - 3
January 26, 2016
Here is the gist of Pope Francis’ message yesterday
at the Angelus at the Vatican.
Once yet again, the Holy Father is affirming our life and
mission, our vision, our direction. Our mission is on a tripod:
(1) Evangelization, (2) Family renewal, and (3) work with
the poor. The Pope says evangelization and work with the poor
make up the basic mission of the Church, of every Catholic,
of parishes, associations and movements. Or you can tighten
that and say the mission, per the pope, is the evangelization
of the poor.
Is that not exactly what LCSC is?
The aspect of family renewal is the special calling to CFC,
now CFC-FFL. This provides formation, pastoral support, manpower
and financial resources, generational continuity, etc., in
order to accomplish the basic mission. We are privileged
that we have both.
Grasp the vision. Then do the mission .... of every Catholic,
of the whole Church.
Angelus: the mission of the Christian community is
to evangelise the poor
City, 25 January 2016 (VIS) – The evangelising activity
of Jesus was the theme of Pope Francis' reflection in this
Sunday's Angelus. The Holy Father explained to the faithful
gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Marian prayer that
Christ was very different to the teachers of his time because,
among other things, He did not open a school for the study
of the Law, but instead "went about everywhere to preach
and teach: in the synagogues, in the streets, in the houses.
Jesus also differs from John the Baptist, who proclaims the
imminent judgement of God, while Jesus proclaims the forgiveness
of the Father".
cites the Gospel of St. Luke, who narrates the scroll of the
prophet Isaiah in the Synagogue of Nazareth, when Jesus stands
to read the Holy Scripture and recites the passage "The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor". Then, after a moment
of expectant silence, He says, to general amazement: "Today
this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing".
evangelise the poor: this is the mission of Jesus, according
to what He Himself says", affirmed the Pope. "This
is also the mission of the Church, and of every person baptised
in the Church. To be Christian and to be a missionary is the
same thing. To proclaim the Gospel, with words, and, even
before that, with one’s life, is the principle end of
the Christian community and of each of its members. It is
known that Jesus addresses the Good News to everyone, without
excluding anyone; and yet, He privileges those who are furthest
away, the suffering, the sick, those discarded by society.
But let us ask ourselves a question. What does it mean to
evangelise the poor? It means above all being close to them,
having the joy of serving them, freeing them from oppression,
and all this in the name of and with the Spirit of Christ,
because He is the Gospel of God, He is the Mercy of God, He
is the liberation of God. It is He Who was made poor in order
to enrich us with His poverty. … The messianic proclamation
of the Kingdom of God that has come amongst us is addressed
in a preferential way to the marginalised, to prisoners, to
in the time of Jesus these people were not at the centre of
the community of faith. And
we can ask ourselves: today, in our parish communities, in
the associations, in the movements, are we faithful to Christ's
programme? Is the evangelisation of the poor, bringing them
the good news, our priority? This is not about
providing social assistance, much less about political activity.
It is about the strength of the Gospel of God, Who converts
hearts, heals the wounded, and transforms human and social
relationships according to the logic of love. Indeed, the
poor are at the centre of the Gospel".
Pope concluded by asking that the Virgin Mary, "Mother
of evangelisers", help us to "feel strongly the
hunger and thirst for the Gospel that exists in the world,
especially in the heart and the flesh of the poor" so
that each one of us and every Christian community may "bear
concrete witness to the mercy that Christ has given to us".
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