“Time brings harmony and makes us see righteousness in things. Nevertheless, if you react in a moment of fury, you are going to be unfair”. This is the comment of the Holy Father during his homely in Santa Marta. The bishop of Rome meditated the episode in the Acts of the Apostles, when they are in front of the Sanhedrin with the accusation of preaching the Gospel. A Pharisee, Gama’li-el, suggests to let them, stating that if their preaching was coming from humans it would be destroyed, if it came from God it would never be destroyed.
“Give things some time – observed the Pope. This is useful for us, when we think ill of someone, when we have negative feelings towards others, when we do not like people and feel hatred, we must not let it grow, we must stop and give time. Nourishing resentment we “fight against God”, whereas the Lord loves others, harmony, love, dialogue, and walking together. “It happens to me too – confessed the Pope – when I do not like something, the first feeling does not come from God, it is always a negative one”. “The pride of the first ones – he added – makes you want to kill others, humility, and even humiliation make you more like Jesus. And this is something we never think about”.
Many of “our brothers and sisters” are “martyrs”, and now – he continued – “they live happily because they suffered death in Jesus name”. According to the Successor of Peter, Christian should ask for the grace to “be similar to Jesus”, which is testified by many men and women suffering humiliations every day, and for their families they shut their mouths, they do not speak, they just accept everything for love” of the Son of God. “This is the sanctity of the Church – thus he concluded his speech – this joy brings humiliation, it does not mean humiliation is beautiful, no, that would be masochism, no: through humiliation you imitate Jesus”.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa