Anyone Who Does Not Pray To The Lord Prays To The Devil!

pope-francis-2-300When We Do Not Profess Jesus Christ, We Profess The Worldliness Of The Devil!

Pope Francis – In these three readings, I see a common element: that  of movement. In the first reading, it is the movement of a journey; in the  second reading, the movement of building the Church; in the third, in the  Gospel, the movement involved in professing the faith. Journeying, building,  professing.

Journeying. “O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in  the light of the Lord” (Is 2:5). This is the first thing that God said to  Abraham: Walk in my presence and live blamelessly. Journeying: our life is a  journey, and when we stop moving, things go wrong. Always journeying, in the  presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, seeking to live with the  blamelessness that God asked of Abraham in his promise.

Building. Building the Church. We speak of stones:  stones are solid; but living stones, stones anointed by the Holy Spirit.  Building the Church, the Bride of Christ, on the cornerstone that is the Lord  himself. This is another kind of movement in our lives: building.

Thirdly, professing. We can walk as much as we want,  we can build many things, but if we do not profess Jesus Christ, things go  wrong. We may become a charitable NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of the  Lord. When we are not walking, we stop moving. When we are not building on the  stones, what happens? The same thing that happens to children on the beach when  they build sandcastles: everything is swept away, there is no solidity. When we  do not profess Jesus Christ, the saying of Léon Bloy comes to mind: “Anyone who  does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil.” When we do not profess Jesus  Christ, we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.”

Journeying, building, professing. But things are not  so straightforward, because in journeying, building, professing, there can  sometimes be jolts, movements that are not properly part of the journey:  movements that pull us back.

This Gospel continues with a situation of a particular  kind. The same Peter who professed Jesus Christ, now says to him: You are the  Christ, the Son of the living God. I will follow you, but let us not speak of  the Cross. That has nothing to do with it. I will follow you on other terms, but  without the Cross. When we journey without the Cross, when we build without the  Cross, when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the  Lord, we are worldly: we may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not  disciples of the Lord.

My wish is that all of us, after these days of grace,  will have the courage, yes, the courage, to walk in the presence of the Lord,  with the Lord’s Cross; to build the Church on the Lord’s blood which was poured  out on the Cross; and to profess the one glory: Christ crucified. And in this  way, the Church will go forward.

My prayer for all of us is that the Holy Spirit,  through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, will grant us  this grace: to walk, to build, to profess Jesus Christ crucified. Amen.

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2 comments to Anyone Who Does Not Pray To The Lord Prays To The Devil!

  • Praise God for our good Pope Francis. I believe Our Blessed Mother sent him to this sinful and Godless world to redeem us, if this is possible. For over 40 years the Fear of God has been abandoned and mankind lives as though there were no eternity. Satan is ever present in lives today but not for long! His time will soon be up thanks to our good shepard Pope Francis. I truly believe that our Catholic Church will turn around and flouish again.

  • lisag

    We have to ask ourselves in Catholic charities what are we building? That is why Pope Emeritus Benedict enacted charity with truth a little while ago. Charity without Truth builds secular dependence not freedom through religious charity. Jesus was all about building up dignity by breaking down bonds of sin. It’s nice to feed someone, but to free them from alcohol,damaging sex,drugs,unmarried relationships, and homelessness gives them true dignity.

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