Vatican city (Tuesday, 27-06-2017, Gaudium Press) “The true christian is not one that is installed and remains stationary, but the one who trusts in God and allows himself to be guided in a path open to the surprises of the Lord”, said Pope Francis during the mass celebrated this Monday (26/06), in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta.
In his homily, Francis reflected on Abraham from the First Reading that the liturgy offered for the day and that is recorded in the Book of Genesis. And he chose to speak about Abraham because he, the Pope said, “there is the style of the christian life, the style our as a people”, based on three dimensions: the self-emptying, the promise and the blessing.
The Lord calls to Abraham to leave his country, his motherland, from the house of his father”, the Pope recalled:
“To be a christian always has this dimension of the self-emptying that finds its fulfilment in the self-emptying of Jesus on the Cross. There is always a let, a let, to take the first step: ‘leave your country, from your family and from your father’s house’. If we remember we will see that in the Gospels it is the vocation of the disciples is a ‘let’s go’, ‘leave’ and ‘come’. Also in the prophets, isn’t it? Think of Elisha, working the land: ‘Stop and look’.”
The Pope also commented on the self-emptying: “Abraham “obeyed by faith,” from the earth to be received as inheritance, but without knowing the precise destination”.
“The christian does not have a horoscope to see the future. Not looking for the necromancer that has the crystal ball to read your hand. No, No. Don’t know where you are going. You must be guided. This is the first dimension of our christian life: the stripping down. But why the stripping down? What an ascesis stop? No, don’t! To go in the direction of a promise. This is the second. We are men and women who walk to a promise, to a meeting, for something, a land, said to Abraham, that we must receive as an inheritance.”
To be on the road
The Pontiff commented that Abraham did not build a house unto, but to “put up a tent,” indicating that “is on the way and trust in God”, therefore, he builds an altar “to worship the Lord.” Then, “continue to walk” is to be “always in the way”:
“The journey begins every day in the part of the morning; the journey of trusting in the Lord, the way open to the surprises of the Lord, many times not good, many times ugly – think about a disease, a death – but open, because I know that you me you’ll be driving to a safe place, to a land that you have prepared for me; this is, the man on the way, the man who lives in a tent, a tent spiritual. Our soul, when it fixes so much, it manages others, you lose that dimension of go in the direction of the promise and instead of walking in the direction of the promise, load the promise and possessing the promise. And it should not be so, that is not really a christian.”
Appears with Abraham another feature: the Blessing, says Francisco. The christian is a man, a woman that “bless”, that “speaks well of God and speaks well of others” and that “it is blessed by God and by others” to go in front.
And this is the scheme of “our christian life”, because the whole world, “also” the laity, we are to “bless others, speak well of others and speak well of God from the other”. (JSG)
(The Drafting of Gaudium Press, with information from RV)