THE PONTIFF: ”THERE ARE NO SAINTS WITHOUT A PAST, NOR SINNERS WITHOUT A FUTURE” Mass at St. Martha's House, the Pope has reflected on the passage of Holy Scripture in which David's election is narrated

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God knows our heart; He does not stop at appearances. The Pope said during the homily of the morning Mass at the St. Martha’s House. Starting from the passage of the First Reading in about the election of David as the King of Israel, Bergoglio pointed out that there are temptations and sins even in Saints’ lives. The Lord – he said – rejects Saul “because his heart was closed”. He was thinking, thus, about choosing another king. “His choice is far away from human standards – Bergoglio explained – because David was Jesse’s youngest son, merely a boy. But the Lord makes it clear to the prophet Samuel that appearances do not count, the Lord sees the heart.”

We – he reflected – “are slaves of appearances at times, of things that appear and we pursue these things. But God knows the truth. This is how this story goes… Jesse’s seven sons pass by and the Lord does not choose any of them, He lets them pass by. Samuel is a bit ‘in difficulty and tells his Father:’ Lord, you have not chosen even that one? ” Are all the young people here? Are they seven?” Yes, there is another one, the youngest son, he does not count. He is feeding the flock’. In the eyes of men, this kid did not matter”…

He did not matter to men – Bergoglio continued – “but the Lord chose him and ordered Samuel to anoint him, and the Spirit of the Lord ‘came upon David’, and from that day onwards David’s entire life was the life of a man anointed by the Lord, a man who was chosen by the Lord ‘. Did the Lord transform him into a Saint?” His response was ‘no’, King David is the Holy King David, it is true, but he became a Saint after a long life,” a life which was not immune to sin.”

God has chosen all of us – he concluded – “for Baptism, to be among people, to be Saints; We have been consecrated by the Lord on this way of holiness. Reading about this life (David’s life), first a child, then a young man, then an old man, who did many good things and other deeds which were not so good, it comes to my mind that the Christian path, the path which the Lord has invited us to walk, there are no saints without a past, nor sinners without a future”.

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