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Santa Marta Jan 19, 2016

Pope’s Morning Homily: An Envious Heart Is Always a Tormented Heart

At Casa Santa Marta, Preaches on How Jealousy Kills

Pope Francis says that those who have the sin of envy in their hearts are always tormented.

The Pope said this today during morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, on the Feast of St. Agnes.

Drawing from the 1st Reading, which tells of Saul’s jealousy of David, the Pope noted: “How ugly envy is! It is an attitude, it is an ugly sin. And jealousy or envy grows in the heart like a weed: it grows, but it doesn’t allow good plants to grow. It harms everything that its shadow seems to fall upon.”

The Holy Father reflected that an envious person can never feel peace: “There is no peace! It is a tormented heart, it is an ugly heart!”

What’s more, the Pontiff continued, envy leads to killing, to death. “And Scripture says clearly: through the envy of the devil, death entered the world.”

“Envy kills,” the Pope explained. “It does not tolerate others having something that I do not have. And it always suffers, because the heart of an envious or jealous person suffers. It is a suffering heart!”

It is a suffering that desires “the death of others.”

“But how many times,” he asked, “in our communities – and we don’t have to look too far to see this – are people killed, through jealousy, with the tongue? Someone is envious of this, of the other, and they begin to gossip – and gossip kills”:

“I too, thinking and reflecting on this passage, invite myself – and everyone – to see if, in my heart, there is any jealousy, any envy, which always leads to death and doesn’t make me happy; because this sickness always leads us to regard the good others possess as if it were against us. And this is an ugly sin. It is the beginning of many, many crimes. Let us ask the Lord to give us the grace not to open the heart to jealousy, not to open the heart to envy, because these things always lead to death.”

Jesus handed over out of envy 

Pope Francis concluded by noting that Jesus was handed over to Pontius Pilate because of the envy of the chief priests and the scribes:

“According to the interpretation of Pilate – who was very intelligent, but a coward – envy was what lead to the death of Jesus: the instrument, the ultimate instrument. They handed him over out of envy. Let us also ask the Lord the grace never, because of envy, to hand over to death a brother, a sister of the parish, of the community, or even someone in our neighbourhood. Everyone has their sins, everyone has their virtues. They are specific to each individual. Look at the good, and do not kill with gossip through envy or jealousy.”

Readings provided by the US bishops’ conference:

Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Lectionary: 314

Reading 1

1 SM 18:6-9; 19:1-7

When David and Saul approached

(on David’s return after slaying the Philistine),

women came out from each of the cities of Israel to meet King Saul,

singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs, and sistrums.

The women played and sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands,

and David his ten thousands.”

Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought:

“They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me.

All that remains for him is the kingship.”

And from that day on, Saul was jealous of David.

Saul discussed his intention of killing David

with his son Jonathan and with all his servants.

But Saul’s son Jonathan, who was very fond of David, told him:

“My father Saul is trying to kill you.

Therefore, please be on your guard tomorrow morning;

get out of sight and remain in hiding.

I, however, will go out and stand beside my father

in the countryside where you are, and will speak to him about you.

If I learn anything, I will let you know.”

Jonathan then spoke well of David to his father Saul, saying to him:

“Let not your majesty sin against his servant David,

for he has committed no offense against you,

but has helped you very much by his deeds.

When he took his life in his hands and slew the Philistine,

and the LORD brought about a great victory

for all Israel through him,

you were glad to see it.

Why, then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood

by killing David without cause?”

Saul heeded Jonathan’s plea and swore,

“As the LORD lives, he shall not be killed.”

So Jonathan summoned David and repeated the whole conversation to him.

Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and David served him as before.

Responsorial Psalm

PS 56:2-3, 9-10A, 10B-11, 12-13

R. (5b) In God I trust; I shall not fear.

Have mercy on me, O God, for men trample upon me;

all the day they press their attack against me.

My adversaries trample upon me all the day;

yes, many fight against me.

R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.

My wanderings you have counted;

my tears are stored in your flask;

are they not recorded in your book?

Then do my enemies turn back,

when I call upon you.

R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.

Now I know that God is with me.

In God, in whose promise I glory,

in God I trust without fear;

what can flesh do against me?

R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.

I am bound, O God, by vows to you;

your thank offerings I will fulfill.

For you have rescued me from death,

my feet, too, from stumbling;

that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.

Alleluia

SEE 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death

and brought life to light through the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

MK 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.

A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea.

Hearing what he was doing,

a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem,

from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan,

and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.

He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd,

so that they would not crush him.

He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases

were pressing upon him to touch him.

And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him

and shout, “You are the Son of God.”

He warned them sternly not to make him known.

About Kathleen Naab

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