Faith is about worshipping God, not oneself, pope says on Epiphany
Worshipping the Lord as the Three Kings did involves making a journey “from the greatest form of bondage: slavery to oneself,” Pope Francis said on the feast of the Epiphany.
To worship like the Magi did is “to bring gold to the Lord and to tell him that nothing is more precious than he is. To offer him incense and to tell him that only in union with him can our lives rise up to heaven. To present him with myrrh, balm for the bruised and wounded, and to promise him that we will aid our marginalised and suffering neighbours in whom he himself is present,” the pope said.
Pope Francis celebrated the feast day Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on 6th January.
In his homily, the pope focused on the importance of worshipping the Lord, bowing down in adoration of him and putting him before all other concerns, because the Christian life “is a journey toward the Lord, not toward ourselves”.
In the Gospel, he said, Herod worshipped only himself and wanted to rid himself of the child Jesus. “What does this teach us? That when we do not worship God, we end up worshipping ourselves.”
Picture: Pope Francis finishes venerating a figurine of the baby Jesus during Mass marking the feast of the Epiphany in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 6th January. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: Epiphany, faith, God, Herod, Jesus, oneself, Pope, Pope Francis, Three Kings, worshipping