Francis is unafraid to address the roots of sin and expose them. That is precisely what he did last Thursday morning during his homily at daily Mass at the Chapel of St Martha, writes Deacon Keith Fournier.
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Pope Francis is a parish priest kind of Pope. His heart is pastoral and it is reflected in his daily homilies. He speaks from the heart and out of prayer over the daily readings. The daily homilies are not primarily doctrinal. However, they are directive and reflective.
He is also a prophetic figure in Christian history. Like his namesake, the little poor man of Assisi named Francis, he is unafraid to address the roots of sin and expose them. He cuts to the chase when such cutting is necessary. That is precisely what he did on Thursday morning. Like a good parish priest, Father Francis used the readings from the Holy Mass for his homily. He broke them open as food for the faithful.
The Catechism, citing the wonderful Vatican II document on the Word of God (Dei Verbum) reminds us, 'the Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord's Body. She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God's Word and Christ's Body.' (CCC#103)
Francis gives us a regular example of letting the scriptures come alive and feeding upon them as bread. In fact, his daily homilies are not only inspiring, they can be of assistance to anyone ordained to preach.
The first reading was taken from the Old Testament Book of Samuel (1 Sam.4:1-11) which tells the story of the people of Israel going down to utter defeat by the Philistines even though, in their arrogance, they thought they were doing some of the right things. It was because they had fallen away from their first love, their relationship with the Lord. Their leaders had become corrupted as a result of sin, which is separation from God.
The Holy Father used the biblical account to get to the heart of the sexual abuse crisis the Church is suffering through. Its root cause is sin. Its remedy requires conversion. Vatican Radio gave a summary of the homily entitled Pope Francis: scandals happen when there is no true relationship with God.
FULL STORY Pope Francis Ties Abuse Scandal to Clergy who have No Relationship with God (Catholic Online)