SALVATION & INSPIRATION There is no Christian without Jesus
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SALVATION & INSPIRATION
There is no Christian without Jesus.
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MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE DOMUS SANCTAE MARTHAE
There is no Christian without Jesus
Saturday, 7 September 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 37, 11 September 2013)
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Citing the Letter of St Paul to the Colossians (1:21-23) the Holy Father talked about what the Apostle said: that Jesus reconciled us “in his body of flesh by his death — he reconciled us all — in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him; provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast”. Jesus is the centre and he regenerates us and grounds us in faith. But “the pharisees instead put the law at the centre of their religiosity. And Jesus says: they are laying burdens on people’s shoulders”.
If Jesus is not at the centre, the Pontiff said, “other things are”. And today “we encounter many Christians without Christ. For example, those like the Pharisees, Christians who put their faith, their religiosity, their Christianity, in laws: I must do this, I must do that. They are Christians out of habit”, but in fact, “they do not know why they do it”.
Pope Francis wondered: “Where is Jesus?”. There are so many Christians without Christ, like those “who seek out only devotions, but no Jesus. There is something missing, my brother! Jesus is missing. If your devotions lead you to Jesus, then they are good. But if they leave you where you are, then something is wrong”.
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