(Vatican Radio) May the Holy Spirit bring peace to Christian communities and teach
its members to be meek, refusing to speak ill of others. With this hope, Pope Francis
concluded his homily at Mass Tuesday morning with staff from the Vatican medical services
and office staff of the Vatican City Government. “The first Christian community is
a timeless model for the Christian community of today, because they were of one heart
and one soul, through the Holy Spirit who had brought them into a "new life". Emer
In his homily
Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel passage that recounts the dialogue between Jesus
and Nicodemus, who did not immediately grasp how a man can be "born again”. Through
the Holy Spirit, the Pope said, we are born into the new life which we have received
in Baptism." However, Pope Francis added, it is a life that has to be developed, it
does not come automatically. We have to do all we can to ensure that our life develops
into new life”, which may be “a laborious journey” but one that “depends chiefly on
the Holy Spirit” as well as our ability to be “open to his breath”.
the Pope pointed out, is exactly what happened to the early Christians. They had "new
life", which was expressed in their living with one heart and one soul. They had,
he said, "that unity, that unanimity, that harmony of feeling of love, mutual love
...". A dimension that needs to be rediscovered. He noted that today, for example,
the aspect of "meekness in the community," is a somewhat ‘forgotten virtue’. Meekness
is stigmatized, it has "many enemies”, the first of which is gossip.
Francis further developed this reflection. “When we prefer to gossip, gossip about
others, criticize others- these are everyday things that happen to everyone, including
me – these are the temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come
to us and bring about peace and meekness in the Christian community". "These struggles
always exist" in the parish, in the family, in the neighborhood, among friends”. Instead
through the Spirit we are born into a new life, he makes us “meek, charitable."
Holy Father then outlined the correct behavior for a Christian. First, "do not judge
anyone" because "the only Judge is the Lord." Then "keep quiet" and if you have something
to say, say it to the interested parties, to those "who can remedy the situation,"
but "not to the entire neighborhood." "If, by the grace of the Holy Spirit – concluded
Pope Francis - we succeed in never gossiping, it will be a great step forward" and
"will do us all good".