Jesus does not tolerate hypocrisy, pope says
Jesus enjoys unmasking hypocrisy, which is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.
Christians, in fact, must learn to avoid hypocrisy by scrutinising and acknowledging their own personal faults, failings and sins, he said during morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 15th October
“A Christian who does not know how to accuse himself is not a good Christian,” he said.
The pope focused his homily on the day’s Gospel reading (Lk 11:37-41) in which Jesus criticises his host for being concerned only with outward appearances and superficial rituals, saying, “although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.”
Pope Francis said the reading shows how much Jesus does not tolerate hypocrisy, which, the pope said, “is appearing one way but being something else” or hiding what one really thinks.
When Jesus calls the Pharisees “whitewashed tombs” and hypocrites, these words are not insults but the truth, the pope said.
Picture: Pope Francis gives the homily as he celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, at the Vatican on 15th October 2019. The pope, in his homily, said Christians must avoid hypocrisy by scrutinising and acknowledging their own faults and sins. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).Tags: Christians, hypocrisy, Jesus, Pope, Pope Francis, tolerate