The Catholic Church must be one of service to those in need: Pope Francis
Lauding Jesus' humble beginning as a poor and a vulnerable baby, Pope Francis (77) during the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, said, "You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich, and you made yourself poor; you are all-powerful and you made yourself vulnerable."
With that instance, Pope Francis focused his homily on humility theme. Calling Jesus "the light who brightens the darkness," he drew the attention of gathered followers that the first to receive news of Jesus' birth were the deprived and outcast shepherds. According to him, if one's heart was closed and dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within and around him or her. He insisted that the Catholic Church must be one of service to those in need.
Here are some of the sayings on poverty:
- Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor
- Poverty calls us to sow hope…. Poverty is the flesh of the poor Jesus, in that child who is hungry, in the one who is sick, in those unjust social structures.
- The times talk to us of so much poverty in the world and this is a scandal. Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.