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You are all as important as the Pope, Francis tells faithful

By on Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Pope Francis delivers his speech in St Peter's Square at his weekly general audience (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis delivers his speech in St Peter's Square at his weekly general audience (Photo: PA)

The Pope is no more important than anyone else in the Church, the Holy Father has said.

Speaking at his weekly general audience, the Pope said: “The Church is not a weave of things and interests, it is rather the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Temple in which God works, the Temple in which each of us with the gift of Baptism is living stone. This tells us that no one is useless in the Church and should anyone chance to say, ‘Get home with you, you’re useless!’ that is not true.

“We are all needed in order to build this Temple. No one is secondary: ‘Ah, I am the most important one in the Church!’ No! We are all equal in the eyes of God. But, one of you might say, ‘Mr Pope, sir, you are not equal to us.’ But I am just like each of you. We are all equal. We are all brothers and sisters. No one is anonymous: all form and build the Church.”

Speaking to crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday morning, the Pope said: “What does the word, ‘temple’ call to mind? It makes us think of a building, a construction. In particular, it recalls to many minds the history of the People of Israel narrated in the Old Testament.

“In Jerusalem, the great Temple of Solomon was the locus of the encounter with God in prayer. Within the Temple was the Ark of the Covenant, a sign of God’s presence among the people, and inside the Ark were the Tablets of the Law, the manna and the rod of Aaron, a reminder that God had always been in the history of his people, had always been with them on their journey, always directed their stride – and the Temple recalls this story.

“We, too, when we go to the Temple, must remember this story – my story, the story of each one of us – of how Jesus encountered me, of how he walked with me, how Jesus loves and blesses me.”

Pope Francis concluded his catechetical remarks by challenging the faithful to live “joyous” lives and open themselves to the Holy Spirit.

He said: “So I would like for us to ask ourselves: how do we live our being Church? We are living stones? Are we rather, so to speak, tired stones, bored, indifferent? Have any of you ever noticed how ugly a tired, bored, indifferent Christian is? It’s an ugly sight. A Christian has to be lively, joyous, he has to live this beautiful thing that is the People of God, the Church. Do we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, so as to be an active part of our communities, or do we close in on ourselves, saying, ‘I have so many things to do, that’s not my job?’”

  • Lyly Bruehl

    Life is full of disappointments, we all have our cross to carry till we breath our last breath. But As christians we are thought to forgive, be merciful and have compassion toward others. On a positive note, Monica could have looked at the situation and see those musicians and choir singers are giving a beautiful performance to our Lord. Ultimately isn’t Lord the most important? I love Pope Francis and I am convinced that Pope Francis have his reasons. We have to be a little less selfish, anyone ever consider what Pope Francis feel or want? Regardless, I hope Monica find peace in this matter. If the Lord permit, I will gladly help Pope Francis carry his heavy cross. Pray for him.

  • Illinidiva

    Same here.. Francis was busy; he was likely setting up the IOR Commission. Apparently, despite being tone deaf, he is a fan of classical music and would have liked to have been there if he could. However, it wasn’t a total loss. The musicians weren’t prevented from playing and the audience got to hear a beautiful performance.

  • Illinidiva

    So the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires keeps up on avant garde French catechism books? I don’t even think that Francis knows any French.

  • Erin Pascal

    Thank you so much for sharing this! This is another wonderful message from our Pope. As what Pope Francis said, all of us are brothers and sisters. All of us are indeed equal in the eyes of God. :)

  • Ghengis

    Since I and the Pope are equal he should take my advice on church leadership and resign the position which he doesn’t want to be in… But he will not listen to me because obviously he is more important than me and I accept that. The fact that all are loved before God equally is a great theological fact but not relevant to how we structure our organizations on earth. Otherwise we can never have any leadership, which is what we are most missing now.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    And it looks more and more that we have the Papacy of Cafeteria Catholicism

    A highly dubious notion, given that he has explicitly condemned café catholicism at least twice so far this week …

  • NatOns

    I suspect he does not ‘listen’ to you because you may not be truly speaking to him, but at the world through him .. rather than that you – and what you have to say – are not important (even to him). Every building stone is important in the construction of the Church, for each one is among the building blocks of Christ’s own body – living and active, glorified and tested, at rest and in struggle. Christ alone is the corner Stone to which all tend, He is also the foundation on which all the foundational stones are laid, and we build upon and are built onto this intimate and inseparable unity; yet we are never just another brick in someone else’s wall, we are individually called to be the Temple of the Holy Ghost; thus the fiery test we face here and hereafter, to prove the worth of what is offered in apostolic building and to be reveal joyously in the most beautiful Truth for the Judgement Day – imperishable Christ in us .. whether as a Sovereign Pontiff or Joe Soap, even if our worldly importance differs greatly: the dear Lord God only help us all! (but especially those called to rule in His Church).

    “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw — the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.” 1 Cor 3 : 11-14.

  • Ron Congues

    I would like to thank our new Pope
    To me the church is not the buildings The church is us when we come together in Worship & Service we help to form the body of Christ in all our good works. This is called the RESURRECTION. Can you not see a little bit of Jesus in each one of us.

  • http://xcatholic.yuku.com/ gerald nichols

    If pope Francis really believes what he says in all these sermons, how could he accept the papacy? Is he going to eventually repudiate all the “Catholic Catechism” he is trashing? Of course, he may be just glossing over and someone will come along later to “EXPLAIN IT ALL.”

  • peterk636

    Great article. If you have a chance, have a look on an article on similar topic – We are personally important to God – http://christianmotion.com/blog/we-are-personally-important-to-god/