Vatican City, 25 April, 2020 / 11:10 am (ACI Africa).
To say you are a Christian while not living like one does not show people the real treasure of the faith – which we have the obligation to share, Pope Francis said at Mass April 25.
“Faith is either missionary or it is not faith,” the pope said April 25. “If I say that I am a Christian and I live like a pagan, it does not work! This convinces no one.”
“If I say that I am a Christian and live as a Christian, this attracts. It is witness,” he said.
Celebrating Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence, the Casa Santa Marta, on the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, Pope Francis said sharing the faith is not principally giving the best argument or saying the perfect thing to convince someone, but “offering a treasure.”
The pope’s homily centered on Jesus’ command to his disciples to “go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”