Pope Francis has cautioned Christians about the dangers of being tempted by superficiality, stressing that religion is not about entertainment.
“The Kingdom of God is not a ‘show’ religion: one that is always seeking new things, revelations, messages … God spoke through Jesus Christ: this is the last Word of God,” Pope Francis said during his homily at a Mass celebrated on Nov. 10, reported Vatican Radio.
“The other one is like fireworks that lit you up for a moment and then what is left behind? Nothing. There is no growth, there is no light, there’s nothing: just an instant,” the pope said at the Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence.
“And we have been tempted many times by this entertainment religion of seeking things that are extraneous to the revelation, to the meekness of the Kingdom of God that is among us and which grows,” he said.
“For this is not about hope, this is about the desire to have something in our hands,” said the pope.
“Our salvation comes from hope, the hope of a man who sows the seed or the woman who makes the bread, mixing yeast and flour: a hope that grows.”