By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Pope Francis has challenged Christians to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ in their conduct and not just admire him.
The Pontiff threw this challenge in a homily at St Peter’s Basilica to mark the 2021 Palm Sunday, where he recounted how those who earlier hailed Jesus later turned out to call for his crucifixion.
“What happened? They were following an idea of the Messiah rather than the Messiah. They admired Jesus, but they did not let themselves be amazed by him. Amazement is not the same as admiration,” Pope Francis added.
“Admiration can be worldly since it follows its own tastes and expectations. Amazement, on the other hand, remains open to others and to the newness they bring. Even today, there are many people who admire Jesus: he said beautiful things; he was filled with love and forgiveness; his example changed history, … and so on.
“They admire him, but their lives are not changed. To admire Jesus is not enough. We have to follow in his footsteps, to let ourselves be challenged by him; to pass from admiration to amazement.”