“How many times have we heard in our neighborhoods, in stores: ‘Look at that, or that, every Sunday at Mass and then he does this, this, this, this …’ And people are shocked.”. This is an excerpt from the homily delivered by Pope Francis in the Mass at Santa Marta. According to the Pontiff, there is an “acceptable time” to receive the free gift of God’s grace and that time is “now”. The Christian must have heart free “from the mundane rumors” which are the “rumors of the devil.” “We must be careful to understand the time – he added – when God passes through our hearts.” Jesus reversed the logic of ”an eye for an eye ” with that of ” turn the other cheek “.
The Bishop of Rome emphasized that a heart “free from the passions” is “guarded by humility, by gentleness, it has never to do with struggles, wars”. He also spoke of the importance of “not inspiring awe” because our ministry and our Christian testimony would not be criticized. Quoting St. Paul then he invited the faithful to keep the heart of God forever, “in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses, in beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, wakefulness, hunger.” “But – he concluded – all these are bad things and do I have to safeguard my heart to welcome the generosity and the gift of God? Yes! And how do I do it? Paul continues: ‘With purity, with wisdom, with patience, with kindness, with the spirit of holiness’. That humility, kindness, patience, which only looks at God, and that has an open heart to welcome the Lord passing”.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo