Trust God, not idols: Pope

Pope Francis at the general audience in the Pope Paul VI Hall at the Vatican yesterday (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

Attachment to idols is a failure to trust totally in God – and to reject them, Catholics must accept their weaknesses, inviting Christ to heal their hearts, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

Healing from the attachment to idols comes from Jesus Christ, “who became poor, who accepted failure, who took our precariousness to the end to fill it with love and strength,” Francis said.

When we let Jesus Christ into our hearts, “we discover that recognising our weakness is not the misfortune of human life, but it is the condition to open up to who is really strong."

“Then God’s salvation enters through the door of weakness. Man’s freedom arises from letting the true God be the only Lord. And this allows us to accept our own fragility and reject the idols of our hearts.”

For his weekly general audience, the Pope spoke on what he called the “very important” topic of idols, begun the previous week, and part of a larger series of catechesis on the Ten Commandments.

“Everything,” he said, “stems from the inability to trust above all in God, to place our safety in Him, to let Him give true depth to the desires of our heart. Without God’s primacy one easily falls into idolatry and is content with meagre assurances.”

His catechesis reflected on a passage from the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites, who were in the desert awaiting the return of Moses from the mountain where he would receive the Ten Commandments, fashioned a golden calf and began worshipping it as a god.

He said the image of the desert represents the uncertainty and lack of guarantee found in human life and noted that the anxiety of life’s unpredictability, or feeling God is not present, can lead people to cling to false, or “custom-made” gods, like the Israelites did with the golden calf.

In the end, Francis said, God’s greater work was not freeing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt but removing “idolatry from the heart of the people.”

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