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Jesus requires a new way of thinking, Pope tells audience

CWN - September 24, 2012

At his Sunday public audience on September 23, Pope Benedict XVI reminded the faithful that to follow Jesus entail adopting a new way of thinking, and abandoning earthly pride.

Reflecting on the day’s reading from St. Mark’s Gospel, the Holy Father observed that the apostles had not yet made that necessary change in outlook. “It is clear that a great interior distance separates Jesus and his disciples,” the Pope said. “They are, so to speak, on two different wavelengths, and so the words of the Master are either not understood, or understood only superficially.”

The Pope pointed to St. Peter—who, after a powerful confession of faith in Christ, recoiled at the idea that Jesus would be put to death. Soon thereafter the apostles were discussing “which of them was greatest.” And then they wanted to keep little children away from Jesus. All these episodes showed that they were clinging on an old way of thinking.

The lesson to be learned, the Pope told the crowd in the courtyard of his summer residence, is that “following the Lord always requires a profound conversion on the part of man.”

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