Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Kneel before a man or you defy the god of surprises!

In the interests of "dialogue, dialogue, dialogue," and the new commandment revealed on the Mount of Casa St. Marta that "Thou shalt dialogue" lest one disobey God, I wish to ask Jorge Bergoglio, Bishop of Rome and Pope a question.

Holy Father, it's hard enough to get people to kneel before the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Communion. Do you really think it is better that we "kneel in veneration when a poor person enters the church?"

Really, you just can't make this stuff up. Can you just pinch me now and tell me that since March 2013 I've been sleeping and this is all just a nightmare. Fox, wake me up!

Maybe I drank some mate before bed. What's in that stuff anyway?

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis said on Tuesday that poverty is the great teaching Jesus gave us and we can find his face among the poor and needy. Stressing that the poor are not a burden but a resource, he said he wished that both the city of Rome and the local Church community could be more attentive, caring and considerate towards those in need and that Christians could knee before a poor person. The Pope’s words came during a video message which was broadcast at a charity theatre performance organised by Caritas Roma. 
“If it were not for you” was the title of the fund-raising performance at Rome’s Brancaccio theatre where the cast were not professional actors but instead the poor and needy who are being sheltered at Caritas hostels in the capital. The performers explored the theme of love that included unhappy love stories, the love they bear for their children and parents, for life and for God. 
In his video message Pope Francis told the performers that they will be conveying a precious teaching not just on the theme of love, but also on our need for each other, on solidarity and how amidst all the difficulties we can discover God’s love for us. 
Poverty, he said, is the great teaching that Jesus gave us and he assured the performers that they are never a burden for us. Instead they represent a resource without which our attempts to discover the face of Jesus would be in vain. 
He concluded his address by saying how much he wished that the city of Rome could shine with the light of its compassion and its welcome for those who are suffering, who are fleeing from war and death,  and respond with a smile to all those who have lost hope. Pope Francis said he wished for the same on the part of the Church community in Rome so that it may be more attentive, caring and considerate towards the poor and vulnerable and recognize in them the face of our Lord. How I wish, he said, that Christians could kneel in veneration when a poor person enters the church.


Our Lady of Good Success-pray for us. said...

Excellent point. Our Saviour is given in Holy Communion and we are refused the right to kneel. But the man in the white cassock wants us to kneel before the altar materialism yet again, this time in the guise of material poverty.

Michael Dowd said...

I think we witnessing something new in regards to the Papacy. The words papal and nonsense are being used together. This latest business about poor people is just another example. The poor should be treated with love and respect and helped where possible. On the other hand they is nothing admirable
about their often deplorable condition. Christs only statement about the poor is that they are always with us which was essentially dismissive. He was saying that we should pay attention to Him. The poor He admired were the poor in spirit, i.e., the humble.

Michael Dowd

Anonymous said...

I do not think Christ was dismissive of the poor,He said not everyone who says Lord Lord would enter the Kingdom of Heaven, when I was hungry,you did not give me food ,when I was thirsty you did not give me a drink,then they would say lord when did we see you hungry or thirsty ,He replies What so ever you did to one of these the least of My little ones ,you did to me.Christ chose poverty ,and by doing so He gave the poor a dignity that up till then ,they did not have.But to express the desire that people turn from the Altar of God and kneel before a poor person entering a Church is bizarre ,to render reverence to a human being that in many Churches these days is denied to God Himself sounds like the new Church of Man