The new head of Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis I voted a week ago has officially began his ministry to serve humankind with an inaugural mass, moving hearts with an emotive sermon. The vibrant but holy of the holiest ceremony at the St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Rome, Italy was attended by over 132 head of states, governments as well as religious leaders across the world.
Pope Francis presenting his homily in Italian reminded everyone of the problems of the weak, poor and the environment in relationship to that the role of the creator. According to him, God demands us not just to take roles as Christian but that to respect and protect each other as well as the environment wherever they live.
“It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world.
“It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.
“It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.”
Apart from reflecting on the name, Francis whom he has adopted as pope, the Holy See called upon all those who are holding positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life to become protectors of God’s creation.
“To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope,” the Holy Father said.
In a very relaxed, gesticulating, confident presentation style, the pontiff said we all must live lives full of God so that he can help protect others.
Meaning of the homily
The sacrosanct homily was very brief, straight forward and addressed to anyone, with focus on the creator, God, humanity, and the environment with the spirit of God cementing a bond among the trio. The pope did not bother harping on the problems confronting the Catholic Church, but rather chose the universal problems facing everyone today. That is problems that evolve around power, poverty, greed, and the misuse of the environment – a natural gift from God.
If much is going wrong today around the world according to the pope’s homily it is simply because those at the top or position of responsibility have woefully failed to respect and protect what is natural from the creator. That is the subjects under their rule, especially the vulnerable, homeless, women and children who are often victims of poverty or targeted in conflicts initiated because of the greed of those who do not care or think about God.
Without pointing fingers or accusation at any leader or group in particular, Pope Francis message was cleanly a reminder that as a global village today we must learn to love, share, think of each other and enjoy all what God has created for the use of humanity as well as to ensure continuity by protecting them.
Back to the church and being a Jesuit, the pope is expected to use his simplicity and coherent approach to unite, especially those who have lost interest in faith. Taking over the church at the time when the whole world is burdened by financial hardship, the pope is just the right person to lead by example, putting extravagant life at bay while always considering the problem of the have-nots. If the global downturn must come to pass, the gap between the super rich and the abject poor need to be bridged or narrowed. The pope would be hammering this over and over in the church just as advising social and political leaders to copy from him.