Christianity should be a way of life, not simply a label that one wears because someone may come from a Christian family or a Christian background, Pope Francis told the audience in St. Peter’s Square during his address for the Sunday Angelus. “In the gospel, Jesus tells us that to be a Christian is not to have a ‘label’ but to live and testify to faith in prayer, in works of charity, in the promotion of justice, in doing good,” the Pontiff said yesterday.
The Holy Father reflected on yesterday’s Gospel reading, Luke 13:22-30, in which someone asked him if only a few people would be saved. “Jesus doesn’t respond directly to the question: it is not important to know how many will be saved, but above all it is important to know the way of salvation Jesus tells us that there is a door to enter into the family of God. This door is Jesus,” the Pontiff taught. “Everyone is invited to enter this door, to go through the door of faith, to enter into His life, and to allow Jesus into their lives, so that he may transform them, renew them, and give them full and lasting joy.”
There are many doors inviting us to open them and come in, Francis said and that these doors are “inviting us to enter, promising instant happiness, which is an end in itself and has no future,” but that Christ “shines a light in our lives that never goes out. It is more than just a flash.” We should not fear to “to let him enter more and more into our lives, to get out of our selfishness, our being closed off, our indifference towards others.” The Holy Father reminded the assembled pilgrims that Jesus’ way is the narrow way because “he asks us to open our heart to him, to recognize ourselves as sinners in need of his salvation, his forgiveness, his love, and to have the humility to accept his mercy and let us be renewed by him.”