Faith a relationship not a set of rules Pope teaches
The Christian faith is not a set of moral rules, but a path to a relationship with God, who is love, Pope Benedict told 190 seminarians studying at seminaries in the Diocese of Rome.
The Pontiff said Christians are not so much called to obedience as to accepting God’s love in Jesus and acting in a way that demonstrates how God’s love has transformed them.
“For us human beings, power is always identified with the ability to destroy, to do evil. But the real meaning of omnipotence, which appears in Christ, is exactly the opposite,” the pope said.
In Christ, people see that God loved his human creatures to the point of suffering for them.
In his evening meeting, Pope Benedict led the students from five seminaries in “lectio divina”, a prayerful reading of a Gospel passage.
He then offered a long meditation on the passage from the Gospel of John.
When Jesus told his disciples that they were not his servants, but his friends, the Pope said.(Source: CNS)