109 – The poor are at the center of the Gospel, are at heart of the Gospel, if we take away the poor from the Gospel we can’t understand the whole message of Jesus Christ.

From the heart, love and compassion spring, and life flows. Within a home, the children are the primary concern of the family, but the mother is the heart. Without the mother, what are the children?

In Christian life, we also have a heart that loves, that is moved, that gives life; not the heart of a mother but rather a Divine Heart: Jesus. He himself is the heart that takes care of his children, that provides for the poor, both for their material and spiritual necessities. Jesus is the Heart of the Gospel, which announces the message of salvation to all without exception. It is the Redeemer himself who encourages us along the path of conversion with words of compassion: ‘Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest’ (Mt 11:28).

Let us take care to not attribute to the children, who are the object of the mother’s care, the heart, which is hers. Without Jesus, what would become of the poor? The Gospel is above all the proclamation of Jesus Christ and his love for us.

Francis

563317_papa_francisco_mendigos_capilla_sixtina

Quote AQuote BQuote CQuote D

Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthors
I – The Gospel is above all Christ and the Good News
II –
The message of conversion and salvation is the heart of the Gospel
III –
The message of the Gospel is destined for all, rich and poor
IV –
The poor according to the Gospel


I – The Gospel is above all Christ and the Good News


John Paul II

Jesus himself is the Gospel
The principle word of the Gospel is the coming of the Son of Man
If there is no room for Christ, there is no room for man
The Church’s preaching in all its forms must be centered on Jesus
The Church should proclaim the fullness of the truth which God has enabled us to know

Benedict XVI

Christ lives in the Sacred Scriptures

Paul VI

There is no true evangelization if Jesus, the Son of God, is not proclaimed

II – The message of conversion and salvation is the heart of the Gospel


Benedict XVI

God’s love for man is the heart of the Gospel

John Paul II

Gospel means ‘good news’; and the ‘good news’ is Jesus, the Son of God
The program of evangelization for the Third Millennium is the same as that for all times: Christ
The Gospel is the book of eternal life
At the centre of the Good News is the person of the Redeemer
At the centre of the Good News is the person of the Redeemer
At the heart of the Gospel, the cross is engraved

Paul VI

At the center of Christ’s Good News is liberation from sin

Congregation for the Clergy

The central point of Christ’s Good News comprises liberation from sin and from the evil one

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Paschal mystery stands at the centre of the Good News

III – The message of the Gospel is destined for all, rich and poor


Benedict XVI

The Gospel transmits a universal message: ‘Make disciples of all nations’

John Paul II

All must be poor in spirit
Jesus said ‘love one another’; he did not specify only the poor
The Gospel is the universal message of salvation
The Good News is a universal message destined for the people of all times

IV – The poor according to the Gospel


John Paul II

The poor in spirit: those who are spiritually open to welcome truth and grace

Pius XI

The poor in spirit are those who esteem spiritual goods more than earthly ones

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

All men should be poor in spirit

Catechism of Saint Pius X

To have a heart detached from riches is to be poor in spirit

Saint Augustine of Hippo

‘The poor in spirit’ are the humble and God-fearing

Saint John Chrysostom

The poor in spirit are the humble who are awestruck and tremble at the Commandments of God

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Being poor in spirit is to be predisposed for higher things

Saint Basil the Great

Poverty does not save the covetous - many are poor in their possessions yet most covetous in their disposition
Print Friendly, PDF & Email