May 20, 2013

VATICAN CITY – Payback with Satan is rotten as he pushes people to be loveless and selfish, finally leaving them with nothing and alone, Pope Francis said.

"Satan always rips us off, always!" he said during a May 14 morning Mass homily.

During the Mass, the pope said selfish people don't understand what giving and love are.

Judas exemplified this self-centeredness when he complained that the expensive oil Mary used to anoint Jesus' feet could have been sold for money to give to the poor, he said.

Judas didn't care about the poor and wanted the money instead because he was a thief and would steal the contributions. Judas was "distant in his solitude" and his selfishness grew to the point of betraying Jesus, he said.

The selfish person "takes care of his own life, grows in this egoism and becomes a traitor, but always alone."

People who isolate their conscience within their egotistical world end up losing their conscience, like Judas who "was an idolater, attached to money."

"This idolatry led him to isolate himself" from the community and from others.

It is only by giving one's life and by "losing" it, as Jesus says, that one regains it in fullness, Pope Francis said. People who "give their lives for love are never alone, they're always in a community, in a family."