November 18, 2013

Being on God’s “guest list” is not enough for salvation; a person must respond to the offer of faith and actively participate in the life of the Church, Pope Francis said.

Being a Christian means accepting God’s invitation to believe in Jesus and to celebrate with the whole Church the joy of being saved, the pope said Nov. 5 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.

The pope’s homily looked at the parable in the Gospel of St. Luke about the man who invited friends to a banquet, but none of them showed up.

“A Christian is one who is invited,” not to visit a shop or “take a walk,” but to join a celebration, the pope said.

“The Christian is one who is invited to a party, to joy, the joy of being saved and redeemed, the joy of participating in the life of Jesus.”