Pope Francis Stresses the Importance of Christian History in Mass Sermon
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 May 16
Pope Francis delivered a mass sermon in Casa Santa Marta where he stressed the significance of Christian history.
Perhaps the most attention grabbing statement the Pope made was that Jesus is not a superhero.
“...you cannot understand a Christian alone, just like you cannot understand Jesus Christ alone. Jesus Christ did not fall from the sky like a superhero who comes to save us. No. Jesus Christ has a history,” Pope Francis said.
The Pope said churches are where “Christian identity” is established reports Christian Today.
“Our Christian identity is belonging to the people: the Church. Without this, we are not Christians. We entered the Church through baptism: there we are Christians.”
“God has a history because he wanted to walk with us. And you cannot understand Jesus Christ without his history. So a Christian without history, without a Christian nation, a Christian without the Church is incomprehensible.”
Pope Francis assured listeners that Christians’ ultimate end is eternal life in heaven. And as Christians continue on their journeys, living with Jesus as a role model is important.
“Our mission as Christians is to conform ourselves evermore to Jesus as the model of our lives,” he said.
Publication date: May 16, 2014