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True power is service

· The Pope's Mass at Santa Marta ·

Prayers for the victims from the tornado in Oklahoma

True power is service.  On Tuesday, 21 May, at Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae the Pontiff returned to a topic that he has mentioned previously, this time commenting on the Gospel passage of the day (Mk 9:30-37).  The tragic news of the tornado which devastated Oklahoma City, USA was mentioned  during the Prayers of the Faithful, of which one of the intentions was for the victims.

In the Gospel account Jesus passed through Galilee in the company of his disciples and he spoke to them of his passion: “the Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him but after three days he will rise”.  The Holy Father explained that Jesus, “was speaking to his disciples of this reality, of what he had to do, of his service, of the passion.  Nevertheless, they did not understand his words; they were in another world, they were debating among themselves - and the Lord knew it”.  It was such that when they arrived in Capharnaum, “he asked them: what were you discussing on the way?”  They, however, “were silent” out of shame.  For on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest.

“You think that the fight for power in the Church is something of these days, eh? It started there, right beside Jesus”.  Yet in the Church it should not be so, as the Bishop of Rome emphasized with another Gospel citation (Mt 20:25-26), wherein Jesus explains the true meaning of power.

The Pope noted our customary speech regarding career transitions: “When someone is given a higher position - in the world's eyes - we say, 'ah, that person has been promoted to.... Yes, that's a lovely phrase and we in the Church should use it, yes: this person was promoted to the cross; that person was promoted to humiliation.  That is true promotion.  It is what makes us more similar to Jesus”.

Another group from Vatican Radio and employees of the Pilgrim and Tourist Office of the Governorate of Vatican City State were at the Mass. Also in attendance were Maria Voce, President of the Focolare Movement, and Co-president Don Giancarlo Faletti.

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