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Prayer keeps the Word of God alive in our hearts, Pope says

Catholic World News - March 21, 2014

In his homily at a Mass on March 21, Pope Francis cautioned against people who adapt the Word of God “according to their own interests.”

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus tells of the workers who killed the son of the vineyard’s owner, the Pope said that the Pharisees realized that Jesus was speaking about them. The words of Jesus constituted a threat to the religious leaders, and so they plotted to kill Him.

The chief priests and the Pharisees, the Pope explained, had “taken over the Word of God.” When people do this, he said, “the Word of God becomes their word, a word according to their interests, their ideologies, their theologies... but in their service.” And when that happens, he added, the Word of God dies.

Still the Word of God lives on, the Pope said, “in the hearts of the simple, of the humble, of the People of God.” He recommended two simple ways to ensure that the Word of God remains alive in one’s heart: “first, humility; second, prayer.”

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