During the homily of the daily morning Mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis has emphasized once again the importance of a “poor Church for the poor” and warned against “climbers, attached to money” who cause so much harm to the mystical body of Christ. The Christian is called to serve, not to use the others to achieve his/her own goals. The homily focused on the figures of two servants, presented by today’s Liturgy: first of all, the Saint Paul “who devoted himself to serve the others, always” and ended up in Rome “betrayed by some of his own people, and later “condemned”. In the Gospel, resumed the Pontiff, the Lord “shows us the image of another servant who instead of serving the others, uses them slyly” to “remain in his place”.
There are “crafty servants” also in the Church, warns Francis, men who “instead of serving, thinking about the others, and lay the groundwork, use the Church: climbers, people attached to money. And how many priests and bishops like this we have seen, people who have reached the comfort of their status. It is a sad thing to say, isn’t it?” The holy scriptures have two counterparts: Paul represents the “Church that never stops”, whereas the shrewd servant represents the tepidity of vocation: “When the Church is lukewarm, withdrawn in itself, often even a wheeler-dealer, we cannot say that it is a Church that ministers and serves instead of using the others”. The Holy Father concluded his homily by praying the Lord “to give us the grace “he has given to Paul, that dash of honor needed to move always forwards, always, often renouncing at our own comforts, and to save us from temptations, from those temptations that at bottom are temptations of a double life: I appear as a minister, that is, as someone who serves, yet, at bottom, I use the others”.