God’s salvation does not come from big things, power or money, but from simple things, despite the fact that simplicity and humility often generate a feeling of anger instead of gratitude in the human soul. This is what emerges from Pope Francis’ homily during the morning Mass at St Martha’s House. The Pope commented on the readings of the day which focused on outrage. The leper Naaman the Syrian got indignant who asks the prophet Elisha to heal him, but does not appreciate the simple way in which this healing should occur. Still in the Gospel, also the people of Nazareth becomes indignant in front of the words of Jesus, their fellow countryman.
“But where does this indignation come from? – Pope Francis says – Because in our imagination, salvation has to come from something big, something majestic; only the powerful save us, those who have power and money: they can save us. God has another plan! They get indignant because they cannot understand that salvation can only come from small things, from the simplicity of the God’s things.” “When Jesus makes the proposal of the way of salvation – the Pope continued – he never talks about great things” but only about “small things.” These are “the two pillars of the gospel” about whom we read in Matthew, the Beatitudes and, in chapter 25, the Last Judgment, “Come, come with me because you have done this”: “Simple things. You did not seek salvation or your hope in power, in cartels, in negotiations … no … you simply did this. And it makes many people become indignant”.
The Pontiff ventures a proposal to the onlookers and to all the faithful: “To prepare for Easter, I invite you – and I will do the same – to read the Beatitudes and Matthew 25, and think and see if anything there makes me become indignant and deprives me of peace. Because indignation is a luxury feeling only the vain and the proud can feel. If at the end of the Beatitudes, Jesus says a word that makes you wonder… ‘Why is he saying that?’ ‘Blessed is the one who is not offended by me’, who does not feel indignation.
Then, the Pope concludes his homily as follows: “It will be good for us to dedicate some time – today or tomorrow – to reading the Beatitudes and Matthew 25, and be careful about what happens in our heart: if there is any outrage in it and ask for the Lord’s grace to understand that the only way of salvation is the ‘madness of the Cross’, that is, the annihilation of the Son of God, cringing. Represented here, in the bath in the Jordan or in the small village of Nazareth.”