God came into the world to offer his grace so people can do his will, Pope Francis said yesterday, adding that Jesus teaches true freedom and responsibility through God's law. Source: Vatican News.
By Linda Bordoni, Vatican News
Speaking to pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s St Peter’s Square for the Angelus, the Pope reflected on the Gospel reading which is taken from the “Sermon on the Mount” and deals with the subject of the fulfilment of the Law.
“Let’s not forget this: to live the law as an instrument of freedom, which helps me to be more free, which helps me not to be slaves to our passions and sin,” he said.
The Pope reflected on war and its consequences, “so many calamities, so many.” This, he said, “is the fruit of the passions, and people who make war do not know how to master their passions”.
When we give in to temptations and passions, he continued, we give up being in charge of our lives. The Pope went on to explain that Jesus warns his disciples about the danger of thoughts of murder, adultery, divorce or making false oaths.
Jesus, the Pope said, does not abolish the prescriptions concerning these problems, rather he explains their deeper meaning and indicates the spirit in which they must be observed.
And, he said, he exhorts us to move from a formal observance of the Law to a substantial observance, “accepting the Law in our hearts.”
“From the heart come good and bad deeds,” he said.
Pope Francis said that by accepting the Law of God in our hearts “we understand that when we do not love our neighbour, we kill ourselves and others to some extent, because hatred, rivalry and division kill fraternal charity which is the basis of interpersonal relationships.” That’s true not only for war, he said, but “also for gossip, because the tongue kills.”
Only by accepting the Law of God in our hearts, he said, “can we understand that desires must be guided, because not everything we desire can be had.”