God will always forgive lies




No double life

Friday, April 29, 2016


from: L'Osservatore Romano, weekly edition in German, No. 19, May 13th 2016


St. John's advice to the "young, growing Church" of the first century is of great value to us today. Francis took it up by revisiting the contents of the first letter of the apostle: do not lead a double life and do not give in to lies, knowing that we are sinners but have a forgiving Father. The Pope underlined this on April 29th in his sermon in the morning mass, which he delivered as usual in Santa Marta.

“Today's liturgy speaks to us of goodness, of humility; it speaks of the rest that God gives us when we toil and have to bear heavy burdens; she speaks to us of gentleness. "It is" exactly what Jesus says in the Gospel when he praises the Father: 'Lord, you have hidden all this from the wise and clever, but revealed it to the underage.' "The Pope added the reference to the section from the Gospel according to Matthew (11: 25-30) added: The Lord "speaks to us of the minors, the little ones, that little thing that pleases God". Also in first letter of the apostle John (1.5-22) "The same style already attracts attention: it makes us think of a grandfather giving advice to his young grandchildren."

Indeed, John is addressing "a 'growing church', but also a church which, in order to maintain faithfulness, must remain small, like a child, open, humble." According to the Pope, the first words from John's letter are particularly significant: "My children". In this expression lies "the wisdom of a grandfather who speaks and has an inheritance". And 'what advice does he give us? Don't be liars! Do not say or make it clear that God is a liar. "But" how does he give this advice? In a few words that are opposed to each other: light and darkness; Sin and grace ”. It is quite obvious: “If we say that we have fellowship with God who is light and live in darkness, then we are liars. «Johannes» simply says: stay in the light! Be open to the truth of the gospel! Do not walk on dark paths, on dark streets, because the truth does not lie there, something else is hidden there! Don't be liars! "

So "always the light". So when you “say that you have fellowship with the Lord, then walk in the light: a double life, no! Not that! ”A definite no to“ that lie that we see so often, to which we so often succumb: say something and do something else ”. This temptation keeps coming up. But "we know where the lie comes from: In the Bible Jesus calls the devil the 'father of lies', the liar."

Precisely »that is why this grandfather says with great gentleness, with great kindness to the› growing church ‹: Don't be a liar! You have fellowship with God, so walk in the light! Do works of light, do not say one thing to do the other, do not live a double life and all that «. John's advice is "simple, but it helps us because it makes us think about ourselves". In this context, Francis recommended some direct questions for personal examination of conscience: “Am I always walking in the light? Always in the light of God? Am I transparent or am I sometimes dark and sometimes light? "

"If we say we have no sin, we are misleading ourselves," warned the Pope. Because "we are all sinners, we all have sins". So when we "say we have no sin, we make God a liar". And "his word is not in us because we are all sinners". John is very clear in his letter and explains: “Do not be afraid, my children, I am writing this to you so that you do not sin. But if someone has sinned, if someone sins, he should not lose heart. We have an advocate, a word, a lawyer, a defender with the Father: Jesus Christ, the righteous. He justifies us, he gives us grace. "

Listening to John's advice, “one feels the desire to say to this grandfather: 'But isn't it a bad thing to have sins?'” No, continued the Pope, “Sin is bad! But if you have sinned, see that they are waiting for you to forgive you! Always! Because he - the Lord - is greater than our sins. "That, so the Pope," is the Christian life, that is the advice that this grandfather gives to his grandchildren, this church of the first century, which already had a beautiful experience of Jesus is: always in the light, without lies, without hiding anything, without hypocrisy. It is the way of light. "

With regard to sin, Francis reiterated that while it is true that "we are all weak and have all sinned", we are still urged not to be afraid, for God "is greater, more benevolent than our sins". And 'he waits for us with that attitude, as in the psalm we prayed:' The Lord is merciful and gracious, long-suffering and rich in goodness. He will not always be angry, he will not remain forever in resentment. As a father has pity on his children, so the Lord has pity on all who fear him.

Because he knows what kind of structures we are; he thinks of it: We are only dust ‹(Ps 103) «. It is basically "the wonderful experience of seeking the Lord, of meeting the Lord". Up to the point of realizing that you have fallen, that you have sinned. To hear the Father say to you, "Be calm, I forgive you, I hug you." And "that is the mercy of God, that is the greatness of God: He is greater than our sins, more benevolent because he knows that we are dust, that we are nothing, the strength only comes from him «. And "so the Lord is always waiting for us".

At the end of the sermon, Francis invited people to keep the daily reading in mind: John, like a grandfather, giving us advice and calling us "my children". And if we followed this advice, then “we walk in the light, for God is light: do not walk with one foot in the light and with the other in the darkness; don't be liars «. It is important to be aware of the fact that “we have all sinned” and “nobody can say: this one is a sinner, this one is a sinner” while “thank God I am righteous. No! ”Because, the Pope continued,“ there is only one righteous person: the one who paid for us ”. And "if someone sins, God waits for us, he forgives us because he is merciful and knows what kind of things we are and remembers that we are dust". The Pope wished: “May the joy this reading gives us advance us in the simplicity and transparency of Christian life, especially when we turn to the Lord. With the truth. "