Pope Francis has called on Christians to reject different forms of materialism, especially now that the society becomes “intoxicated” with a mentality of consumerism.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has expressed his sentiments on such negative attitude during his homily for the Christmas eve Mass at the Vatican.
“In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, [Jesus] calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential,” the pope said.
The 79-year-old leader has instead reminded the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to keep their eyes and thoughts on Jesus Christ, whose birth is celebrated on Christmas day.
“Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, may we too, with eyes full of amazement and wonder, gaze upon the Child Jesus, the Son of God. And in his presence may our hearts burst forth in prayer: ‘Show us, Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation‘,” he said.
The Mass, which was Pope Francis’ only public Eucharistic celebration for Christmas, was held at St. Peter’s Basilica with a relatively higher security than previous appearances due to the recent terror attacks in other countries.
He again appeared on Friday at the balcony of St. Peter’s for his “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and to the World) message that is only delivered twice-a-year- during Easter Sunday and Christmas day, where he spoke against armed conflicts and extremist violence experienced in different nations.