Unic Press UK: In his homily early this week, during Tuesday’s Holy Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis, who is also addressed as the servant of the servants of God, said that Christian life is a call to “serve and give freely.”
Making a reference to Matthew 10:7-13, which reads: 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give…, the Pope said:
“Christian life is for service. It saddens us to find Christians who at the beginning of their conversion, or awareness of being Christian, serve and are open to serve the people of God, but who later end up making use of the people of God. This causes much harm to God’s people. Our vocation is to ‘serve’, not to ‘make use of’. Christian life means walking. Preach and serve, but do not make use of others. Serve and give freely that which you have received freely.”
Pope Francis, the supreme pontiff and Bishop of Rome emphasized that salvation cannot be bought as almighty God saves us free of charge.
“Realize that the Lord is full of gifts for us. He asks just one thing: that our hearts be open. When we say ‘Our Father’ and we pray, we open our heart, allowing this gratuitousness to enter. Often when we need some spiritual grace, we say: ‘Well, now I will fast, do penance, pray a novena…’ Fine, but be careful: this is not done to ‘pay’ or ‘buy’ grace. We do it to open our hearts so that grace might enter. Grace is freely given,” the Pope added.