Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis' First Homily

The following is the full text of Pope Francis' first homily (translation from Vatican Radio). The Mass was celebrated in the Sistine Chapel.

UPDATE: The readings were taken from Isaiah 2:2-5, 1 Peter 2:4-9 and Matthew 16:13-19.
In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is in the up-building of the Church. In the third, in the Gospel, the movement is in [the act of] profession: walking, building, professing. 
Walking: the House of Jacob. “O house of Jacob, Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” This is the first thing God said to Abraham: “Walk in my presence and be blameless.” Walking: our life is a journey and when we stop, there is something wrong. Walking always, in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, seeking to live with that blamelessness, which God asks of Abraham, in his promise.
Building: to build the Church. There is talk of stones: stones have consistency, but [the stones spoken of are] living stones, stones anointed by the Holy Spirit. Build up the Church, the Bride of Christ, the cornerstone of which is the same Lord. With [every] movement in our lives, let us build! 
Third, professing: we can walk as much we want, we can build many things, but if we do not confess Jesus Christ, nothing will avail. We will become a pitiful NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of Christ. When one does not walk, one stalls. When one does not build on solid rocks, what happens? What happens is what happens to children on the beach when they make sandcastles: everything collapses, it is without consistency. When one does not profess Jesus Christ - I recall the phrase of Leon Bloy – “Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil.” When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil. 
Walking, building-constructing, professing: the thing, however, is not so easy, because in walking, in building, in professing, there are sometimes shake-ups - there are movements that are not part of the path: there are movements that pull us back. 
This Gospel continues with a special situation. The same Peter who confessed Jesus Christ, says, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. I will follow you, but let us not speak of the Cross. This has nothing to do with it.” He says, “I’ll follow you on other ways, that do not include the Cross.” When we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, and when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly, we are bishops, priests, cardinals, Popes, but not disciples of the Lord. 
I would like that all of us, after these days of grace, might have the courage - the courage - to walk in the presence of the Lord, with the Cross of the Lord: to build the Church on the Blood of the Lord, which is shed on the Cross, and to profess the one glory, Christ Crucified. In this way, the Church will go forward. 
My hope for all of us is that the Holy Spirit, that the prayer of Our Lady, our Mother, might grant us this grace: to walk, to build, to profess Jesus Christ Crucified. So be it.


Christian Adams said...

Pope Francis, pray for me.

Rommel John Miller said...

Holy Father Francis, your first homily has touched and inspired me, please pray for me, and my vocation to Saint Vincent Archabbey, Benedictine, in Latrobe, PA Deo Gratias, and Thank you.

Anonymous said...

can anyone tell me, what three readings he is talkting about? I would really like to read them myself.

Nick said...

Twitter correction: The Pope did not say "Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil" but rather he said "I recall the phrase of Leon Bloy – 'Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil.'"

There is a great difference, as the Regensburg lecture showed us years ago. So, for the sake of the truth, I ask that the tweet be corrected, or at least a correction tweeted, or even a correction at the end of this blog post added.

Michael Barber said...


You don't think the pope was affirming the line?

Michael Barber said...


The readings were:
Isaiah 2:2-5
1 Peter 2:4-9
Matthew 16:13-19

Michael Barber said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

Isaiah: Establishes "HOPE," and show the Lord entroned in Glory, to Whom Isaih has great fidelity to Yahweh. Also reminds us to 'climb' to the Lords mountain. Climb being the opposite of the 'gentle slope to hell (C.S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters).---1 Peter 2:4-9: Establishes "FAITH," teaching the church is not build of brick and motar, but of each one of us as a member, or a building stone. The Pope here identifies the people as a necessary element of the chruch.-- Mt. 16:13-19. Establishes "LOVE," because it is here where Christ reveals His Divinity, and the journey.. The Pope here recognizes that the authority of the Church on earth is confirmed in Heaven.