In the presence of more than 40,000 faithful gathered on St. Peter's Square in Rome for Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Francis delivered a demanding homily, calling “ to overcome the spirit of evil in following the example of Jesus, obedient to the will of the Father, and who did not fall into the trap of triumphalism that might have tempted him after he came under acclamation in Jerusalem “
Sunday, April 14, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – “The cheers of the entrance to Jerusalem and the humiliation of Jesus. Festive cries and ferocious perseverance. “ Pope Francis noted in his homily the paradox of the Palm Sunday liturgy.
“This double mystery accompanies each year the entry into Holy Week, in the two characteristic moments of this celebration: the procession with palm and olive branches at the beginning and then the solemn reading of the story of the Passion explained the Holy Father.
The Teaching of the Passion of the Christ represents a “model of life and victory against the spirit of evil” because “Jesus shows us how to face difficult times and temptations more insidious, keeping in the heart a peace which is not a distance, nor an insensibility or an attitude of superhuman, but a trusting abandonment to the Father and his will of salvation, of life, of mercy “. Jesus indeed did not submit to “the temptation to” do his work “(19459006), but chose, on the contrary, ” Confident obedience to the Father “ ].
Do not fall into the trap of worldly triumphalism
While in this moment of entry into Jerusalem, “the Prince of this world had a card to play: the card of triumphalism “” the Lord responded by remaining faithful to his path, the path of humility “, recalled Francis, in his homily of Palm Sunday reported by Radio Vatican
The triumphalism, which “aims to climb on the chariot of the victors” “lives gestures and words that however did not pass through the crucible of the cross; it feeds itself on the confrontation with others by judging them always worse, limited, failed … A subtle form of triumphalism is spiritual worldliness, which is the worst danger, the most treacherous temptation that threatens the Church “ Pope Francis, citing the reflections of the French Jesuit Henri de Lubac
Faced with persecution and humiliation, Jesus defeated “also the temptation to answer, to be '' media '' . In moments of darkness and great tribulation, one must be silent, have the courage to be silent, provided that it is a serene silence and not rancorier. “
And when the demon will appear, it will take “to resist him in silence” with the same attitude as Jesus who “knows that the war is between God and the Prince of this world and that it is not a question of seizing a sword but to remain calm, firm in faith. It's God's time. And at a time when God descends into the battle, we must let him do it. “
Report on the homily of Pope Francis
Sources: Vatican News