MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
A Church free of ideology
Friday, 19 April 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n.
17, 24 April 2013)
Ideology falsifies the Gospel and lays snares for the Church.
That is why Pope Francis, during the celebration of Mass, on Friday morning, 19
April, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, asked the faithful to pray
“that the Lord free the Church from such interpretations”. Present to pray with
the Pope were a group of the staff of L’Osservatore Romano and of the
The Conversion of St. Paul and the discourse of Jesus in the
synagogue of Capernaum were the biblical readings of the day, and were at the
centre of the Pope’s homily, which focused on Jesus as he speaks: speaking to
Saul who had been persecuting him; to Ananias, called to accept Saul; to the
teachers of the law, saying that anyone who does not eat his flesh and drink his
blood will not be saved. The Pope said Jesus’ voice, “passes through our mind
and goes to the heart, for Jesus seeks our conversion.” Paul and Ananias respond
with puzzlement, but with an open heart.
These, then, are words directed to the heart, “it is a word of
love, it is a word of beauty and it sustains the heart, it makes us love”.