Holy Week: Pope Francis’ Reflections for Way of the Cross

Holy Week: Pope Francis’ Reflections for Way of the Cross April 15, 2014

Pope Francis’ reflections for the Way of the Cross aren’t going to please people who want to claim that there is no moral component to economic issues.

Perhaps that’s why they are so important, especially to Americans.

We need a Pope who reminds us that our Christian walk requires us to follow Christ and not our politics. Americans are becoming partisan fanatics. Far too many of us have hardened ourselves and become indifferent to suffering which does not fit in with our peculiar and entirely political view of the world.

We convince ourselves that following our political parties in these partisan culture wars is actually following Christ. This is a lie we tell ourselves. Jesus is the Way, not the R or the D.

These reflections will comfort some who want to ignore the Gospel requirements concerning family and popular killing fields such as abortion and euthanasia. After all, the reflections don’t mention those directly.

Those who want to believe that the only requirements the Gospels of Christ make on them and their lives are to be anti-abortion (as opposed to pro life) and to oppose gay marriage will probably find these reflections outrageous.

Every time Pope Francis says something that goes against the “teachings” of right wing economics, including the economic teachings of such cold-blooded wackos as Ayn Rand, he is either attacked or explained away.

Are we our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper?

Did Jesus mean what He said when he talked about the least of these? Is Christ the Lord too unsophisticated and old school to instruct us about our economics?

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5 responses to “Holy Week: Pope Francis’ Reflections for Way of the Cross”

  1. I have never understood the love affair some Christians have with Rand. She had a FEW insights into humanity, but she was a militantly selfish atheist whose solution to our fallen nature was to exalt the supremacy of the self of those “worthy” of being exalted (in her opinion) over and against any claims those less “gifted” might make on them as fellow members of the human race. That’s no different than those in the far left wing who believe their Right to rule over their lessers is equally self evident and that there is no God who can insist on their need to care about those outside THEIR circle of Valuable Persons. I’m not opposed to generally free markets, but there’s no way to read Jesus’ commands to be compassionate and loving to everyone, in your clique or out (ex, His Good Samaritan parable given in reply to a clever “WHO is my neighbor?” question, meant to keep the need to love others down to a minimum) and come away thinking it’s acceptable to “pass by on the other side of the road” when economic/business policies are beating people and leaving them to die. Unless Mammon is your god, there’s no reason to insist on Business as “The” greatest good. Commerce is only a tool, open to use for good AND ill. Apart from the reforming power of Christ, we humans WILL use it selfishly, and for ill. We literally can’t help ourselves. Christians should know this. We must fight to do good. 🙁

  2. I’m not sure what is meant by the attribution to Pope Francis–perhaps it refers to his role in presiding over the Way–but the reflections were written by Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini. Last year’s reflections, which were written by young people from Lebanon under the guidance of Cardinal Rai, struck a similar note, although there was more mention of the effects of international strife.