Every Christian shall follow the Beatitudes, which indicate – like satellite navigators – the right route in their lives, which leads to the Father. This is the invitation Pope Francis has expressed today, during the homily at the end of the morning Mass celebrated at St. Martha’s House. Moreover, he has invited everyone not to slide down the three steps of what he calls the Christian “anti-law”: idolatry of wealth, vanity, and selfishness. Commenting on today’s Gospel passage, Bergoglio has stressed that do not get lost along the way of faith, Christians have “a precise direction pointer: the Beatitudes”. If you ignore the “routes” proposed by the evangelist Matthew, you are likely to slide down the “three steps” of the selfishness idols, idolatry of money, vanity, and the satiety of a heart that “laughs with satisfaction, ignoring the others”.
Jesus, when He taught the crowds with the famous Sermon on the Mount, “teaching the new law, which does not erase the old” but “improves it”, making it “complete”. This is the new law, the one we call ‘Beatitudes’. It is the Lord’s new law for us. They guide us along the route, the path; they are the navigators of Christian life. Right here we see, on this road, following the navigators, we can move forward in our Christian life.”
Bergoglio continues the homily by integrating Matthew’s text with the considerations of the evangelist Luke, at the end of a similar story, that is “the list of the ‘four troubles’, as the Pope calls them: “woe to the rich, the quenched, those who laugh, those of whom everyone talks good.” Francis, in particular, reminds that he has said “so many times” that “wealth is good”; “Attachment to it is bad for us”, becoming “idolatry”. He has warned: “This is the anti-law, the wrong navigator. It is curious: these are the three steps that lead to destruction; seemingly, the Beatitudes are the steps that lead us ahead in life. And these three steps that lead to destruction are attachment to wealth, because I do not need anything.”
“Vanity, all say nice things about me: everyone speaks well, I feel important, too incense … and I think I’m right, do not like that, like that other … We think of the parable of the Pharisee and the publican: ‘I thank you I am not like this … ‘. ‘But thank you, Lord, that are both a good Catholic, not as the neighbor, the neighbor …’. This happens every day … According to the vanity and, third, the pride that is the satiety, the laughter that close the heart. ”
Among all the Beatitudes, the Pope points out one in particular: “I do not say this is the key to all of them, but it gives much food for thought: ‘Blessed are the meek'”. Jesus himself says: “Learn from me who am meek of heart, who are humble and meek of heart. Meekness is a way of being that brings us so much closer to Jesus. Whereas an opposite attitude always procures enmities, wars… so many things, so many bad things that happen. But meekness – he concludes -, meekness of heart is not nonsense, no: it is something else. It is the profundity of understanding the greatness of God.”