Pope at Angelus: ‘a true Christian chooses good over evil every day'

Pope Francis on Sunday reminded believers that Christian life is not made up of dreams or beautiful aspirations, but of concrete actions, ...

Pope Francis on Sunday reminded believers that Christian life is not made up of dreams or beautiful aspirations, but of concrete actions, the capacity to open ourselves to God's will and to love our brothers and sisters.

The Pope was addressing the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer.

He took his cue from the Gospel reading (Mt 21: 28-32) that recounts the parable of two sons who are invited by their father to go and work in the vineyard. The first son impulsively responds “no”, but then he repents and goes. Instead, the second son, immediately replies “yes”, but does not do so.

"Obedience does not consist of saying “yes" or “no”, but of acting, of cultivating the vineyard, of bringing about the Kingdom of God," he said.

This parable, the Pope explained, teaches us that the Lord asks us to go beyond a religion that is made up of external and habitual practice which does not affect people’s lives and attitudes.

He went on say that the exponents of this “façade” of religiosity, of which Jesus disapproves, are “the chief priests and the elders of the people”, who, according to the Lord’s admonition, will be preceded in the Kingdom of God by “tax collectors and prostitutes.”

This does not mean, he continued, that Jesus indicates publicans - sinners - and prostitutes as models of life, but as “privileged of Grace”, which “God offers to anyone who opens up and converts to Him.” “Indeed, these people, listening to his preaching, repented and changed their lives,” he said.

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