This could not be more true.
Power without love is brutality; love without power is sentimentality.
Real power in the Church is service, and Christ taught us that to make progress, to move forward we must first humble ourselves and put ourselves at the service of others. This was the focus of Pope Francis’s homily at morning Mass. Reflecting on the readings of the day, the Pope said real power is service. Like Jesus who “came not to be served but to serve, and His service was the service of the Cross. He humbled Himself unto death, even death on a cross for us, to serve us, to save us”. Pope Francis said: “there is no other way in the Church to move forward. For the Christian, getting ahead, progress, means humbling oneself. If we do not learn this Christian rule, we will never, ever be able to understand Jesus’ true message on power.
There are always two worlds. The world as it operates is largely about power; the world as it should be, or “the Reign of God,” is always about love. Conversion is almost entirely about moving from one world to the next, and yet having to live in both worlds at the same time. As you allow yourself to loosen your grip on the ego or bad forms of power, you will gradually see the inadequacy and weakness of mere domination and control. God will then teach you how to tighten your grip around the second world, which is the ever-purer motivation of love. Continue reading “Richard Rohr – Between Worldly Power and the Reign of Love”