Jesus restores faith to its center without external formalities. “There is an infallible way to overcome evil,” Pope Francis said at his Sunday prayer hour: “Begin by conquering it within yourself.” That is why the Holy Father called us to ask the Virgin Mary “who changed history through the purity of her heart” to “help us purify our heart, and above all overcome the vice of blaming others and grumbling about everything”.
Commenting on the Gospel of the Liturgy of that day showing the scribes and Pharisees astonished by the attitude of Jesus, who were shocked to see that his disciples were eating without performing the traditional ritual ablution, the Pope said:
We too can ask ourselves: Why did Jesus and his disciples neglect these traditions? After all, it’s not bad things, but good ritual habits, simple washing before eating. Why doesn’t Jesus care about them?
Bringing faith back to its core
Francis made it clear that it was important for the Lord to restore faith to its center. “And to avert risk, which is good for those scribes as well as for us: observe external formalities, and leave the heart of faith in the background.”
The danger of denouncing appearance
Bad things are born from the heart
After recalling that Jesus told the audience that “there is nothing outside of man that by entering it can make him unclean” and that instead, “from within, from the heart” bad things are born, the pontiff added:
And the Holy Father added that this also concerns those of us who are inclined to believe that “evil comes mainly from the outside: from the behavior of others, from those who think badly of us, and from society.”
He also stated that “problems always seem to come from the outside”. and that we “spend our time distributing blame; but spending time blaming others is a waste of time.”
That is why Pope Francis called us to ask the Lord “to free us from blaming others”. And to ask also “the grace not to waste time polluting the world with grievance, because this is not Christian.”
Learn to blame ourselves
Whereas if we “sincerely ask God to cleanse our hearts,” we would begin to “make the world cleaner.” “For there is an infallible way to defeat evil: to begin to conquer it within oneself.”
He concluded by invoking the Virgin, “who changed history with the purity of her heart”, “to help us purify our heart, and above all overcome the vice of blaming others and grumbling about everything.”
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