Pope's morning homily: Overcome Worldliness
Pope Francis speaks on how even great saints struggled with their temptation.

Author: Pope Francis / Deborah Castellano Lubov | Source: ZENIT

(ZENIT, Vatican City, May 17, 2016)

Worldliness will try to lure you, but do not give in.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father gave this invitation during his daily morning Mass today at Casa Santa Marta, as he drew inspiration from today’s Gospel reading where Jesus’ disciples were arguing among themselves over who was the greatest.

When the great saints spoke of being ‘very sinful,’ Francis explained, the reason for this was was because they had this worldliness inside them and they had many worldly temptations.

None of us, the Argentine Pontiff highlighted, can say ‘I am a holy and pure person.’

“All of us are tempted by these things, we are tempted to destroy the other person in order to climb higher. This is a worldly temptation but one that divides and destroys the Church. It is not the spirit of Jesus.

He noted that whereas Jesus was warning his disciples about his coming humiliation and death, they were concerned with worldly matters such as who would become the most powerful among them.

Don’t Be Lured

In response to the apostles’ arguments, Pope Francis reminded of Jesus’ warning to his disciples that “if anyone wishes to be first he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

The Pope urged faithful to overcome the lure of worldliness and human ambition, and warned against social climbers who are tempted to destroy the other in order to reach the top.

“Along the path where Jesus shows us to journey, the guiding principle is service. The greatest is the person who serves most, who serves others most, not the person who boasts, who seeks power, money… vanity, pride. No, these people are not the greatest.”

True Path of Christian Life…. Then and Now

Service and humility, Francis stressed, as Christ demonstrated to the Apostles and expects of His faithful today, are the true path of Christian life.

“Vanity and power …  and how and when I have this worldly desire to seek power, not to serve but to be served and spare no efforts to get there: gossiping, speaking ill of others… Envy and jealousy create this path and they both destroy.  And we all know this.

“This occurs in every institution of the Church: parishes, colleges, other institutions, even in the dioceses … everywhere. There’s this desire for worldliness and this is all about wealth, vanity and pride.”

Pope Francis concluded, praying that the Lord show us the way, to understand that love of this world, namely worldliness, is an enemy of God.”

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