Christians who use others, rather than serve others, greatly harm the Church, Pope Francis said.
Christ’s instructions to his disciples to “cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers and drive out demons” are the path to “a life of service” that all Christians are called to follow, the pope said in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on 11th June.
“Christian life is for service,” the pope said. “It is very sad to see Christians who, at the start of their conversion or their awareness of being Christians, serve, are open to serving, serve the people of God and then end up using the people of God. This does so much harm, so much harm to the people of God. The vocation is to ‘serve,’ not to ‘use.'”
In his homily, the pope said that while Christ’s instruction to give freely what has been given freely is for everyone, it is meant especially “for us shepherds of the Church.”
Members of the clergy who “do business with the grace of God,” the pope warned, cause a lot damage to others and especially to themselves and their own spiritual lives when they attempt “to bribe the Lord.”
Picture: Consolata Sr Ines Arciniegas walks with a girl during a visit to a community of Warao indigenous refugees in Boa Vista, Brazil, on 2nd April 2019. Pope Francis said during his 11th June morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae that Christians who use others, rather than serve others, greatly harm the Church. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey).