During the Holy Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis focused his homily on a passage of the Acts of the Apostles describing the life of the first Christian community, he explained that harmony and goodness arte the first two signs of a “revived community”.
“A revived community, composed by people who were born again in the Holy Spirit, live the grace of unity and harmony. The only one who can bring harmony is the Holy Spirit, because he is the harmony between the Father and the Son too, His gift is harmony. – said Bergoglio – the second sign is common good, which means that “No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had”. Some of them were rich but they served the community. These are the signs of a community living in the Holy Spirit”.
The Holy Father explained that the first community revived by the Holy Spirit has “poverty, common good, but also problems in and outside. There are the two profiteers inside and persecution outside”. Pietro says to the community not to be surprised by these things because “fire purifies gold” – added the Holy Father – nevertheless, there is another sign for a revived community: patience. Sustaining problems, difficulties, malicious gossip, calumnies, diseases and pain”.
“During this second week of Easter, it would be good for us to think about our communities – in dioceses, parishes, families and many others – and asks for the grace of harmony that is greater that unity, harmonic unity. Harmony is the grace of the Holy spirit; ask for the grace of poverty, not misery, poverty, which means – said the Pope – that I should manage well everything I have for common good, with generosity, asking for patience”.
He concluded asking to the Lord to make understand “that we received this grace in the baptism, just like our communities”.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa