Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 2
Faith and service cannot be separated; on the contrary, they are intimately linked, interwoven with each other, Pope Francis said at the holy mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Baku Oct. 2.
“In order to explain this, I would like to take an image very familiar to you, that of a beautiful carpet,” he said. “Your carpets are true works of art and have an ancient heritage. The Christian life that each of you has, also comes from afar.”
“It is a gift we received in the Church which comes from the heart of God our Father, who wishes to make each of us a masterpiece of creation and of history,” he said.
“Every carpet, and you know this well, must be made according to a weft and a warp; only with this form can the carpet be harmoniously woven,” he said. “So too in the Christian life: every day it must be woven patiently, intertwining a precise weft and warp: the weft of faith and the warp of service.”
He added that when faith is interwoven with service, the heart remains open and youthful, and it expands in the process of doing good.
“Thus faith, as Jesus tells us in the Gospel, becomes powerful and accomplishes marvellous deeds,” he said. “If faith follows this path, it matures and grows in strength, but only when it is joined to service.”