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Christians must be lambs, not wolves, Pope tells Friday congregation

February 14, 2014

In his homily at a weekday Mass on February 14, Pope Francis reflected on the image of Christ as a Lamb, and said that a Christian too must be like a lamb, and "retain this identity“ despite temptations.

Christ sends out his disciples as "lambs among wolves,“ the Pope said, and Christians are frequently tempted to counter the wolves with force. But he reminded his congregation at the Domus Sanctae Marthae that when David faced Goliath, he refused to wear Saul’s armor, because "he wasn’t himself.“ Without that protection—relying entirely on God—David won the day. The Pope suggested that "as long as you’re a lamb the Lord will defend you, while if you’re a wolf He won’t defend you, He will leave you alone.“

Pope Francis said that Christians should also be marked by their joy. A Christian, he said, is someone who "never stands still, who always walks, who walks as a lamb, and walks with joy.“


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  • Posted by: chady - Feb. 15, 2014 7:12 AM ET USA

    The First Reading of today's Divine Office mirrors this statement....'A man will reap what he sows; if his seed ground is the Spirit, it will give him a harvest of eternal life; what gives life is God's Spirit; man's power is of no use at all.' Page 514 - Week 5 of the year.