The Pope Francis questioned this Thursday, January 6, consumerism “obsessed” with buying food and clothes in the world. The Supreme Pontiff celebrated the Mass of the Epiphany of the Lord, in the Vatican, and gave a critical speech in which he pointed to people who are obsessed with certain consumption of a certain type, and who leave aside other more important things, according to their criterion.
The pope presided over the Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany, which began at 10:00 a.m. local time (9:00 GMT), when Francis walked down the central aisle of the Vatican basilica and went to the image of the Child Jesus, located at the foot of the altar. , to adore her.
In his homily, Jorge Bergoglio encouraged the faithful to follow the example of the Magi, who challenged Herod.
“They teach us that we need a brave, prophetic faith that is not afraid to challenge the dark logic of power, and becomes a seed of justice and brotherhood in societies where, even today, so many Herod sow death and slaughter the poor already innocent, to the indifference of many, “he said.
He stressed that the crisis of faith in today’s societies has to do with “the disappearance of the desire for God” and the custom of being content “with living day to day.”
“We are satiated with so many things, but we lack the nostalgia, for what we need. We have become obsessed with the needs, with what we will eat or with what we will dress, letting the desire for that which goes beyond volatilize, “he criticized, while lamenting that” the lack of desire leads to sadness and indifference ”.
With a critical tone, the pope lamented “the avidity of communities that have everything and often no longer feel anything in their hearts” and affirmed that “the lack of desire leads to sadness and indifference.”
Francis also condemned “the dictatorship of needs” and said that “the heart becomes ill when desires only coincide with needs”, so he encouraged us to listen to God to purify these desires, “curing them of selfishness.”
“It is the star of Jesus, who comes to take charge of our fragile humanity. Let us walk to meet him. Let’s not give apathy and resignation the power to plunge us into the sadness of a mediocre life ”, he concluded.
With information from EFE