VATICAN — Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians should not become discouraged or indifferent to stories of corruption, but rather “be creative in doing good with caution.”
Speaking from the window apostolic palace, the pope said in his September 18 Angelus address that people can “start complaining and playing the victim” in times of crisis, even in the Church.
“Brothers and sisters…in our world today there are stories of corruption as in the Gospel: dishonest conduct, unjust policies, selfishness dominating the choices of individuals and institutions, and many other situations troubles. But we Christians are not allowed to become discouraged, or worse, to let go, to remain indifferent,” Pope Francis said.
“On the contrary, we are called to be creative in doing good with prudence and the skill of the Gospel, using the goods of this world, not only material but all the gifts that we have received from the Lord, not for ourselves enrich, but to generate brotherly love and social brotherhood.
The pope’s comments on corruption were inspired by a parable from the Sunday Gospel in the Church’s liturgical calendar, Luke 16:1-13, a reading the pope admitted can be difficult to understand at first glance .
Pope Francis said, “Jesus tells the story of corruption: a dishonest manager who steals and then, after being discovered by his master, acts shrewdly to get out of trouble. We ask ourselves: what is this trick… and what does Jesus want to tell us?
“Jesus uses this story as a way to put a challenge before us when he says, ‘The children of this age are wiser than the children of the light to deal with their own generation.'”
Pope Francis noted that those who live by “certain worldly standards” today seem to know how to get by even in times of difficulty, while Christians can sometimes be “naive, not knowing how to take the initiative to find ways out of difficulties.
“I am thinking of moments of personal or social crisis, but also of ecclesial crisis: sometimes we give in to discouragement or we begin to complain and play the victim. Instead, Jesus says we can also be gospel-smart, awake and alert to discern reality, and be creative in finding good solutions for ourselves and others,” he said.
Before reciting the Angelus prayer with the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s SquarePope Francis encouraged people to remember: “To inherit eternal life, therefore, it is not necessary to accumulate goods in this world, but what counts is the charity that we have experienced in our fraternal relations.
The Pope prayed for Ukrainians and all victims of war. He said he was sorry to learn of the fighting in Armenia on the border with Azerbaijan and prayed for a ceasefire.
“Let us pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to help us to be like her, poor in spirit and rich in mutual love,” he said.