Posted On 2016-03-29 In Francis - Initiatives and Gestures

An act of peace

FRANCIS AT ROME •

Pope Francis washed the feet of twelve refugees:  three Muslims, a Hindu, three Christian Copts and five Catholics (four men and a woman) during the Lord’s Supper that he celebrated on Holy Thursday afternoon at the Centro di Accoglienza per Richiedenti  (or CARA) Reception Center for those seeking asylum.  The center is located in Castelnuovo di Porto on the outskirts of Rome, where there are 892 at the center of which 554 are Muslims, 337 are Christians and two are Hindus.

Mass was celebrated on the external patio of the complex, with two Muslim clerics: one an imam who takes care of the refugee center, and the other from a neighboring city participated.

In his homily, the Holy Father pointed out Jesus’ two actions:  “Actions speak more than images and words — actions. In the word of God we have read, there are two gestures. Jesus, who serves, who washes the feet; he, who was the head, washes the feet of his [apostles], the smallest. One gesture. The second gesture: Judas, who goes to the enemies of Jesus, those who don’t want peace with Jesus, to take money … of 30 coins.” (1)

And he also pointed out today there are two gestures:  “Also here today there are two gestures. This [is shown in] all of us together. Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Copts, evangelicals, but brothers. Children of the same God who want to live in peace, integrated.” And on the other hand, “One gesture. “Three days ago, there was a gesture of war, of destruction in a European city [from] people who don’t want to live in peace. Two gestures: Jesus washes the feet, and Judas sells Jesus for money. Behind “that” act there are weapon’s producers and traffickers who want blood, not peace, who want war, not brotherhood.”

You, us, everyone together, different religions, different cultures, but children of the same Father — brothers.

And he explained that, “Today, right now, when I do the same gesture as Jesus in washing the feet of you 12, all of us are doing the same gesture of brotherhood, and we all say, we are different; we are unique. We have different cultures and religions, but we are brothers, and we want to live in peace. And this is the gesture that I do with you.”

Francis reminded them, “Each of you has your own story. Many crosses, many pains, but also an open heart that wants brotherhood.”

He concluded: Each one, in their own religious language, prays to the Lord, so that this brotherhood “infects” the world — so that there will not be the 30 coins to kill our brother, because there will always be brotherhood and goodness.”

Upon bidding farewell, the Pope greeted each one of the 892 people who are sheltered at the center, and he renewed his exhortation to live like brothers and sisters.

“I now greet you one by one, with all my heart.  I thank you for this encounter.  Let us just remember and show that it is beautiful to live together as brothers and sisters, with different cultures, religions and traditions: we are all brothers and sisters.  And this is called peace and love!  Thank you!”

 

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Complete text of Pope Francis’ homily:

Actions speak more than images and words — actions. In the word of God we have read, there are two gestures. Jesus, who serves, who washes the feet; he, who was the head, washes the feet of his [apostles], the smallest. One gesture. The second gesture: Judas, who goes to the enemies of Jesus, those who don’t want peace with Jesus, to take money … of 30 coins. Two gestures. Also here today there are two gestures. This [is shown in] all of us together. Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Copts, evangelicals, but brothers. Children of the same God who want to live in peace, integrated. One gesture. Three days ago, there was a gesture of war, of destruction in a European city [from] people who don’t want to live in peace. But behind that act, just as behind Judas, there were others. Behind Judas there were those who gave him money so that Jesus would be delivered. Behind that act (in Brussels), there are manufacturers, arms traffickers who want blood, not peace, who want war, not brotherhood. Two gestures: Jesus washes the feet, and Judas sells Jesus for money. You, us, everyone together, different religions, different cultures, but children of the same Father — brothers. And over there (are the) poor ones who buy arms to destroy brotherhood. Today, right now, when I do the same gesture as Jesus in washing the feet of you 12, all of us are doing the same gesture of brotherhood, and we all say, we are different; we are unique. We have different cultures and religions, but we are brothers, and we want to live in peace. And this is the gesture that I do with you. Each of you has your own story. Many crosses, many pains, but also an open heart that wants brotherhood. Each one, in their own religious language, prays to the Lord, so that this brotherhood “infects” the world — so that there will not be the 30 coins to kill our brother, because there will always be brotherhood and goodness. So be it.

Original:  Spanish.  Translation:  Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA

Sources: VIS/Aica/RV.

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