Are you Catholic? Then stay in the Church, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2014 / 10:58 am .- Pope Francis said that those waiting at the threshold of the Church without going inside are not true members of the Church which Jesus established and on whom it is built.

“We are citizens, fellow citizens of this Church. If we do not enter into this temple to be part of this building so that the Holy Spirit may live in us, we are not in the Church,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Oct. 28 daily Mass.

Rather, “we are on the threshold and look inside…Those Christians who do not go beyond the Church’s reception: they are there, at the door: ‘Yes, I am Catholic, but not too Catholic.’”

The Pope centered his reflections on both the day’s first reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians and the Gospel, taken from Luke, Chapter 6.

In the first reading St. Paul explains to the Christians of Ephesus that they are no longer strangers, but have become fellow members of the house of God, which is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and has Jesus himself as the “capstone.”

The Gospel reading recounts how Jesus, after spending the night in prayer, comes down from the mountain and calls the Twelve Apostles by name.

By reflecting on the gospel reading, there are three clear actions that Jesus carried out when founding the Church, the Pope observed, saying that the first action is prayer, the second was choosing his disciples, and the third was welcoming and healing the crowds.

“Jesus prays, Jesus calls, Jesus chooses, Jesus sends his disciples out, Jesus heals the crowd. Inside this temple, this Jesus who is the corner stone does all this work: it is He who conducts the Church,” the pontiff noted, explaining that the Church is built on the apostles.

However, despite the fact that the Twelve were chosen by Jesus, they were all still sinners, the Pope said, explaining that although no one knows who sinned the most, there could have been one that sinned more than Judas did.

“Judas, poor man, is the one who closed himself to love and that is why he became a traitor. And they all ran away during the difficult time of the Passion and left Jesus alone. They are all sinners. But (Jesus) chose (regardless).”

And Jesus, the Pope added, wants everyone to be inside of the Church he founded, not as strangers passing through, but rather with the “rights of a citizen” where they have roots.

The person who stands at the threshold of the Church looking in but not entering has no sense of the full love and mercy that Jesus gives to every person, Francis said, adding that proof of this can be seen in Jesus’ relationship with Peter.

Even though Peter denies the Lord he is still the first pillar of the Church, the pontiff explained. “For Jesus, Peter’s sin was not important: he was looking at (Peter’s) heart. But to be able to find this heart and heal it, he prayed.”

It is Jesus who prays and heals, Pope Francis noted, saying that it is something he does for each one of us.

“We cannot understand the Church without Jesus who prays and heals,” he said, praying that the Holy Spirit would help all to understand that the Church draws her strength from Jesus’ prayer which can heal us all.


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  2. Angelique Pacheco Reply

    I’m Catholic and also Transgender, I loved mass and prayed the rosary daily. I wonder if the welcome wagon would invite me in now?

  3. Josh G B Cas Reply

    i have a friend of mine which is a christian he always pointed out to me that peter is not the pillar of catholic church which catholic claim , does he never foot a single step in Rome he said .ive been searching for the answer for this allegation.

    1. erwin Reply

      stay and be remain be like light as long as you can until the end don’t be one of them they considered as gray or dark christian

    2. Lea Leger Reply

      Around or about 45 AD, Peter went to Rome and from there lead the Catholic Church. As of today there have been 265 Pope in direct succession to Peter.

  4. Noel David Reply

    I am a Catholic but have been made into an OUTCAST by the very servants of Gods (shepherds) I served for many years….with not a SINGLE bishop, priest or nun caring to visit us and take us back home). I have not opted for any other religion or group…. But since I do not go INTO the church (building) I am considered as a LAPSED Catholic…. The REAL CHURCH is not the building made of brick, cement, steel, glass and wood but the ones which are made of flesh, blood, bone and spirit of every baptised person…. And this LIVING CHURCH (Clergy and Laity alike) builds more barriers and continues to discriminate – instead of building bridges and welcoming each and everyone (not just Catholics) in their midst – which attitude tends to drive LAPSED Catholics. the Lost Sheep and others – further and further away from them…. Jesus Our Lord and Master (the GOOD SHEPHERD) reaches out to sinners, outcasts, lepers, samaritans, Romans and to the LOST SHEEP and does not cater only to His chosen twelve…. He welcomes ALL men and women to HIM, therefore all those who claim to believe in HIM or follow HIM have to keep their hearts open to one and all…. The message is loud and clear: “Come to Me, ALL YOU (no exceptions are made) who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. “TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU (open invitation not meant for the Twelve alone), AND EAT OF IT: FOR THIS IS MY BODY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.”

    “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; WHOEVER (does not specify any particular group or community) eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world (not for believers and Catholics alone).”

    For this is the will of my Father, that EVERYONE (not just the disciples, Catholics and Christians) who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

    “This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, WHOEVER (means WHOEVER) eats this bread will live forever.”

    So, it is very clear from these statements made by the Lord himself, that HE came for ALL and is FOR ALL… It is we (pastors, preachers and believers) who make all kinds of exclusions and discriminations due to our selfish nature – whereby preventing our very own (so-called LAPSED Catholics/Christians and the Lost sheep) from being saved……

    So, when the person standing at the threshold is scared or somewhat reluctant to enter (approach) you (the Living Church) reach out to him/her like the Lord reaches out to us sinners/outcasts… and let them enjoy the rights as heir/heiress to the throne…..

    1. Lea Leger Reply

      Noel David, read MarMay’s comment on you.Thanks.

  5. MarMay Reply

    Noel David, the Church NEVER closes its doors to “lapsed Catholics” or anyone else who is “just waiting at the threshold.” COME ON IN! Jesus said, “If you love me, you will KEEP my commandments.” (John 14:15, 23-24). And He gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which is a requisite for the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, so that you can clean up your soul to welcome Him in–as many times as you need it–because He built His Church for us sinners! If you invite a special guest to your house for dinner, wouldn’t you want to clean it up and lay out your finest china and linen to make it presentable for your special guest? Go to Confession, clean up your act, and NOBODY will deny you your “rights as heir/heiress to the throne”! Don’t let any human being’s imperfection have so much control over you or use them as excuses that you would leave or stay away from Jesus’ Church!!! The Sacraments are the beauty of our Church–USE them!! I will pray for you!

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  8. J.A.C. Reply

    so hard to stay in the Church when so many righteous ones don’t want you there….the Church is meant for sinners…NOT THE RIGHTEOUS…

  9. Brenda Rickoll Reply

    If I am a divorced Catholic and many years ago a priest granted me absolution without a church annulment, would other priest grant me absolution also? I have not been to confession in a long while and wish to do so, but I am afraid I will not receive absolution.

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