Pope: No to triumphalism in the Church, proclaim Jesus without fear and embarrassment
(Vatican Radio) Christians are called to proclaim Jesus without fear , without shame
and without triumphalism . Those were the words of Pope Francis at Mass this Tuesday
morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also stressed the risk of becoming a Christian
without the Resurrection and reiterated that Christ is always at the center of our
life and hope . Lydia O’Kane reports
is the Winner who has won over sin and death.” Those were the words of Pope Francis
on Tuesday morning during his Homily at morning Mass. He was referring to the Letter
of St. Paul to the Colossians in which the Saint recommends we walk with Jesus " because
he has won, and we walk with him in his victory “firm in the faith."
is the key point, the Pope stressed: "Jesus is risen .
" But, the Holy Father
continued, it is not always easy to understand . The Pope then recalled that when
St. Paul spoke to the Greeks in Athens he was listened to with interest up to when
he spoke of the resurrection. "This makes us afraid , it best to leave it as is."
Pope Francis said.
Continuing his Homily the Pope recalled the Apostles, who
closed themselves up in the Upper Room for fear of the Jews, even Mary Magdalene is
weeping because they have taken away the Lord's Body . " …they are afraid to think
about the Resurrection." The Pope noted that “there are also the Christians who are
embarrassed. They are embarrassed to "confess that Christ is risen.
said Pope Francis there is the group of Christians who " in their hearts do not believe
in the Risen Lord and want to make theirs a more majestic resurrection than that of
the real one . These, he said are the “triumphalist” Christians.
" They do
not know the meaning of the word ' triumph ' the Pope continued, so they just say
“triumphalism”, because they have such an inferiority complex and want to do this
When we look at these Christians , with their many triumphalist attitudes
, in their lives, in their speeches and in their pastoral theology, liturgy , so many
things , it is because they do not believe deep down in the Risen One . He is the
Winner, the Risen One. He won.
"This, the Holy Father added, is the message
that Paul gives to us " Christ "is everything," he is totality and hope , "because
he is the Bridegroom , the Winner " .