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Pope Francis warns faithful not to 'kill' the Word of God

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Friday morning , Pope Francis focused on the need for humility and prayer in his homily during the Mass at Casa Santa Marta. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis said that if a Christian is not humble he does not pray. He risks taking the Word of God and remaking it in his own liking.

In today's Gospel, Jesus recounts the story of the workers in a vineyard who killed the servants and eventually the master's son, intending to take his inheritance. This parable was directed to the Pharisees, the elders of the people and the priests. Pope Francis said "Jesus was trying to show them where they had fallen by not opening their hearts to the Word of God."

"This is the tragedy of these people, and our tragedy too! They have taken over the Word of God. And the Word of God becomes their word, a word according to their interests, their ideologies but in their service. And everyone interprets it according to their own will, according to their own interests. This is the tragedy of this people. And to preserve this, they kill. This happened to Jesus."

The pope continued, "When they heard this parable, the chief priests and the Pharisees understood that Jesus was talking about them and they sought to capture Him and to kill Him. In this way, the Word of God dies, is imprisoned. The Holy Spirit is caged in the desires of each of them and that is exactly what happens to us when we are not open to the newness of the Word of God; when we are not obedient to the Word of God. But there is a phrase that gives us hope. The Word of God died in the hearts of these people, and can die in our heart! But it is not finished because it is alive in the hearts of the simple, of the humble, of the people of God. They seek to capture it, but they were afraid of the crowds of the people of God. That simple crowd, that followed Jesus because what He said did their hearts good, warmed their hearts. This people wasn't wrong. They didn't use the Word of God for their own interests. They listened and sought to be a little better."

In conclusion, Pope Francis stated that to prevent killing the Word of God we need to be docile, to not cage the Holy Spirit. To do this we need two simple things: humility and prayer.

Pope Francis ended his homily saying, "This is the attitude of those who will hear the Word of God: first humility; second, prayer. This people didn't pray. They didn't need to pray. They thought they were safe. They thought they were strong, they thought 'gods'. Humility and prayer! With humility and prayer we go forward by listening to the Word of God and obeying it. And so what happened to these people will not happen to us, we should not kill to defend the Word of God; that Word which we believe is the Word of God but is a word totally altered by us.

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