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  10/3/2014Pope Francis: Are we open or closed to God's way of salvation? Pope Francis: Are weopen or closed to God sway of salvation? 2014-10-03 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) Are we open to the gift of God’s salvation, or do we prefer to takerefuge in the safety of our man-made rulesand regulations? That was the questionPope Francis posed during his homily atthe morning Mass at Santa Marta onFriday, as Philippa Hitchen reports...Listen: God’s only wish, Pope Francis told his listeners, is to save his people, but so oftenwe want to make the rules for our own salvation. This is the dramatic paradox of so many of the Bible stories which culminate in the life of Jesus himself. Reflectingon the Gospel reading of the day, the Pope spoke of Jesus’ sadness at beingrejected and ignored by his own people. “If the mighty deeds done in your midsthad been done in Tyre and Sidon,” Jesus warns the people of Chorazin andBethsaida, “they would long ago have repented.” Just as the prophets wererejected and killed by their people, so they do the same to Jesus. And it’s theleaders, the Pope said, who provoke this resistance to the salvation he’s offering:E proprio la classe dirigente quela che chiude le porte al modo col quale Dio vuolesalvarci….. 2:52  10/3/2014Pope Francis: Are we open or closed to God's way of salvation? It’s the ruling class which closes the door to God’s way of salvation, Pope Francissaid. That’s why Jesus has such strong words with the leaders of his day – theyargue, they try to trick him and catch him out because they are resisting his offer of salvation. Jesus says to them, “I don’t understand you! You are like those childrenwho say ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, andyou did not mourn’. What do you want?” They want, the Pope said, to savethemselves and remain closed to the way of the Lord.This attitude, the Pope continued, is quite different from that of the people of God,who understand and accept salvation brought to them through Jesus. Their leaders, on the other hand, reduce salvation to the fulfilment of the 613commandments they have created through their intellectual and theologicalfervour.Loro non credono nella misericordia e nel perdono…..These leaders, the Pope said, don’t believe in mercy and forgiveness but simply insacrifices. They want everything clearly sorted out and this is the drama of their resistance to salvation. Each one of us, he said, shares this drama and we shouldask ourselves: How do I want to be saved? On my own? Through a spiritualitywhich is good, but fixed and clear so that there are no risks? Or following thefootsteps of Jesus who always surprises us, opening doors to that mystery of God’s mercy and pardon?If I don’t follow Jesus but go looking for other gurus and seek refuge in man-madecommandments, the Pope concluded, I may feel safe but the truth is I am buyingmy salvation, instead of receiving the free gift that God gives me. (from Vatican Radio)  10/3/2014Pope Francis: Are we open or closed to God's way of salvation? NEWS.VA | © Copyright & all Vatican media sources | Legal Terms & Conditions |Contact |  About
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