GeE 97: No Compromise

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97. Given these uncompromising demands of Jesus, it is my duty to ask Christians to acknowledge and accept them in a spirit of genuine openness, sine glossa. In other words, without any “ifs or buts” that could lessen their force. Our Lord made it very clear that holiness cannot be understood or lived apart from these demands, for mercy is “the beating heart of the Gospel”. [Misericordiae Vultus 12]

Two stages are required here. First, a believer must acknowledge the importance of Matthew 25:31-46. They do not abrogate things like the Ten commandments, but Pope Francis would likely see the Mount Sinai covenant as a minimal starter. In his public ministry, Jesus speaks of two “great” commandments. If we are in need of elaboration or particular guidance, we have the hungry, the thirsty, strangers, those in need of clothing, sick people, and prisoners. In this life, nobody checks our membership cards on these six hallmarks. However, if we are genuinely seeking holiness, we cannot avoid, as St John Paul put it, “the beating heart of the Gospel.”

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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