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God’s kingdom gives hope, not flashy entertainment, pope says

The kingdom of God grows through hope and not by reducing it to a form of entertainment that produces a joy that appears and disappears in an instant, Pope Francis said.

While many are tempted by “new things, revelations and messages,” God has already spoken, the pope said in his homily during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 10th November.

“God spoke through Jesus Christ; this is the last Word of God. The others are like fireworks that illuminate for a moment and then what remains? Nothing; there is no growth, there is no light, there is nothing,” he said.

The pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading in which the Pharisees question Jesus on the coming of the kingdom of God.

“The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no-one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you,” Jesus said.

Picture: Lai da Palpuogna in Preda, Switzerland, is seen at sunrise. Pope Francis said during his morning Mass on 10th November that the kingdom of God grows through hope and not by reducing it to a form of entertainment. (CNS photo/Gian Ehrenzeller, EPA).