During his daily homely at Santa Marta, Pope Francis wanted to underline that Christians live a story of grace and sin, a condition that force them to choose continually whether to serve or abuse their brothers”. His starting point was today’s liturgy and he recalled two traits of the identity of Christian: “History and service”.
Saint Paul, Saint Peter and the first disciple, recalled Pope Francis, did not speak about a conceptual Jesus, but of an alive and concrete person, “who lives inside people history, the people that were walked by God for centuries” to become mature. Christian, said the Holy Father, “is not a man or woman inside a spiritual lab, it is a man and a woman among people, who have long histories and keep on walking with the Lord until His return”.
History is made by weak and sinful people, just like Kind David “he was a saint, but he had been a big sinner”. Everyone should take his sin and the grace of the Lord. There is no Christian identity without history”.
The second characteristic of Christian people is service, opposed to egoism. “But we all are selfish”. Really? This is a sin, a habit we should reject. Let us ask for forgiveness, may the Lord lead us to conversion. We are called to serve. Being a Christian is no appearece o a social behavior, it is not about applying make-up to your soul, so that it appears a little more beautiful. Being Christian means doing what Christ did: serve”
Hence, Pope Francis end his speech inviting people to ask themselves: “What is that I do more often? Do I let others, my community, parish, family and friends serve me or am I the one who serve them?
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa