Submission, not power, raises people up to God, says pope at audience
Many in the world today are surrounded by people or things that threaten to become the guiding force in their lives, therefore, “it’s necessary to have a hierarchy of values in which the top priority is God,” the pope said during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall June 27.
It was his last general audience before the pope was to leave July 3 for vacation at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome. The weekly general audience was scheduled to resume Aug. 1.
In his catechesis, the pope continued his series of talks on prayer in the letters of St. Paul, looking this time at the Letter to the Philippians.
People often look for “self-actualization in power, domination and in powerful means,” creating a tower of Babel in a quest to be god-like, said the pope. Such pursuits reflect the sin of Adam, who sought to put himself ahead of God.
Jesus, instead, showed that true exaltation and victory come with absolute abasement and humility — being a servant to others and obeying God’s will, even to the point of being killed on the cross, the pope said.
By becoming fully human and obeying God, he said, Jesus gave humanity back the dignity it had lost with Adam’s disobedience. [More]