The homily of the Apostolic Nuncio, Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, Delhi 16 September 2017

Gospel:Luke 6:43-49

The Lord speaks to us of our foundation... our Christian life; and he tells us that this foundation is the rock. We must therefore build the house, namely, our life, on the rock that is Christ.

Jesus mentions to all who believe they cannot build their lives on words alone: “not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven’.

There is always a temptation to live our Christianity away from the rock that is Christ; the only One who gives us the freedom to say “Father'' to God; the only one who supports us in difficult moments. Jesus himself says so with vivid examples: “the rain fell, and the floods came, and the wind blew'', but where “the rock is, there is safety''.

On the contrary, when there are only words, they are of no use. One ends, in fact facing the temptation of these Christians of words; a Christianity without Jesus, without Christ. Superficial Christians who indeed believe in God, but not in Jesus Christ, are modern Gnostics. Therefore, the Lord's teaching for today, is an invitation to build our Christian life on Christ, the rock that gives us freedom.