An earthly priest is nothing but a believing pagan

Being poor with Christ and “because Christ chose poverty” is the logic of love and nothing else.

“The worldly character of walking in search of our glory deprives us of the humble and humiliating presence of Jesus, the Lord who is close to all, the Christ who suffers with all who suffer, who is so adored by our people who know who their true friends are.

This is what Pope Francis said at the Chrism Mass, this Holy Thursday, in St Peter’s Basilica.

The Pope spoke of “three places of hidden idolatry in which the wicked use his idols to weaken us in our calling as shepherds, and little by little, We separate ourselves from the loving and benevolent presence of Jesus, the Spirit and the Father“.

The first space: the spiritual worldly

The Holy Father said:

Opens a first space for the worship of hidden idols where they are mundane spiritualIt is “a suggestion of life, it is a culture, an ephemeral culture, a culture of appearance, a culture of make-up.” His standard is victory, victory without the cross. And Jesus prays that the Father will defend us from this culture of life. This experience of glory without the cross is contrary to the person of the Lord, and it is to Jesus who is humbled in the incarnation and who, as evidence of the incongruity, is the only remedy against every idol. Being poor with poor Christ and “because Christ chose poverty” is the logic of love. And not another. In today’s Gospel text, we see how the Lord presents Himself in is yours modest synagogue and is yours A small village – that whole life – to make the same announcement that he will make at the end of the story, when he will come in his glory, surrounded by angels. And our eyes shall be on Christ, on the story of Jesus here and now with me, as they will be on the Second Coming. The spirit of the world in search of one’s glory robs us of the humble and humiliating presence of Jesus, the Lord who is near to all, the Christ who suffers with all who suffer, and loved by our people who know who their true friends are. An earthly priest is just a pagan clergy. I repeat: the earthly priest is nothing but an acquired pagan.

The second space: Take precedence over the pragmatism of numbers

The Pope explained the second aspect of idolatry in this way:

Another area of ​​hidden idolatry is rooted in it Take precedence over the pragmatism of numbers. Those who have this hidden idol are recognized by their love statistics, the one that can erase any character trait in the debate and give priority to the majority, which has become, in the final analysis, the criterion of distinction. it’s bad! But this cannot be the only way forward nor the only criterion in the Church of Christ. People cannot be reduced to numbers, and God gives the soul “without measure” (Atmosphere 3, 34). Indeed, in this fascination with numbers, we search for ourselves, and rejoice at the control which this reasoning bestows upon us, which is not concerned with faces, and not with the logic of love; love numbers. One of the characteristics of the great saints is that they know how to withdraw to leave all emptiness to God. This withdrawal, this forgetfulness of oneself and the desire to be forgotten by others, is the characteristic of a soul that lacks image. The soul has no image of its own, because it is simply all love, which makes the image of the Son shine, and in this, the image of the Father. Replacing his person, who already loves to “not appear” (because he does not have an image!), is what the fetish of numbers aims at, which makes everything “appear”, but in an abstract and calculated way, without embodiment.

The third space: functional

Finally, the Pope commented:

The third space for the worship of hidden idols, connected with the previous one, is the one that opens with functional, an alluring environment in which many are “more than just the way, excited about the schedule”. The functional mindset does not tolerate ambiguity, but rather bets on effectiveness. Little by little, this deity replaces the presence of the Father in us. The first idol replaces the presence of the son; The second fetish is a soul fetish. This is the presence of the Father. Our Father is the Creator: He is not only one who “does” things, but one who “creates” like the Father, with tenderness, who takes care of his creatures and works to make man more free. The job worker does not know how to rejoice in the blessings which the Spirit bestows on his people and which he can also “feed” himself as a worker receiving his reward; But the priest with a functional mindset has his own food, which is his “I”. In the job we put aside the worship of the Father in the small and great things in our lives, and enjoy the efficacy of our programmes, as David did when he insisted on taking the census, tempted by Satan (cf. 1 kroner 21, 1). They are fond of the route plan, the route plan, not the track.

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