"When we journey without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we confess a 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." - Pope Francis
In case you hadn't heard, we have a new Pope! Francis I is from Argentina and used to be the archbishop of Buenos Aires. I hope you all can find some time to pray for our new Pope and the Church as we move forward with his and the Holy'Spirit's guidance.
I don't know if Pope Francis meant to, but his words here provide the perfect description of the Pharisees' blind attitudes from last Sunday's Gospel.
The Church offers us countless actions, routines, prayers, to do and recite. We have countless options to go through the motions in Mass and outside the Church. We can wear crucifixes around our necks and sing contemporary Christian music, and rush through a prayer before meals. But when we do and say all these things, do we do them with or without the Cross?
Are we, like the pharisees, completely in tune with the motions but entirely blind to the reason?
For the rest of Lent, let's focus on the cross, even if we have to be blind to the motions for a while because at the end of the day and at the end of our lives, what will matter most is our relationship with the Cross and the man who gave us life through it.
We are called to be disciples of the Lord, and the only way to do that for real is to stand at the foot of the Cross and once again fall in love with our Lord.
Have a blind day