Pope Francis Calls for Social Justice

The leader of the Catholic Church has received some criticism because of his thoughts on humility, freedom, and responsibility. I am a personal admirer of the Pope Francis, and Pope Francis calls for social justice. More specifically I am referring to his views on helping the poor. I feel that he represents the image of Jesus quite well because he is humble, wise, and he keeps a poor spirit. So why is he now being scrutinized? Mostly because he has shown love for the poor, he dedicates himself to the poor. Often are his speeches and prayers directed to the poor. People have asked, what about the rich? Personally, I think that this is a call for contemplation for those who have much to give, not a condemnation of them. As a recent article states:

“We must not equate every call for social justice to communism. Justice is most possible amid a culture of freedom, but freedom also requires responsibility to one another.”

You can read more from this thorough blog post titled Really, is Pope Francis…a communist? In defense of one of my favorite people in the whole world, I do believe that freedom requires responsibility and we must learn to face this fact. This means caring for our fellow human beings, especially those who are struggling.

Why Are The Poor Blessed?

I read this post today, “What Would A Poor Church Look Like?” and it gave rise to a lot of insights and questions. Our new pope has expressed his love and advocacy for the poor several times in the short while since he took over the papacy. With this, I couldn’t help but recall Jesus Christ’s own attachment to the poor. In fact in one of his sermons, Jesus said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” and even further added, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.”

So does this mean that it is a sin to be wealthy? If you are like me, I don’t think so. Although greed is definitely a sin, having riches does not make you automatically sinful. It is still up to the disposition of your soul. A poor man who does not have faith and trust in God is certainly no better than a rich man who is obsessed with his wealth. Merely being poor is not a virtue that guarantees one entrance in heaven. Instead, trusting in God and not on material things and the empty promises of money will gain the benefits of being in a relationship with God in his eternal kingdom.