Pope’s morning homily: Be open to Gospel and God’s surprises


Vatican Radio — Speaking during his Jan. 20 homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said we must always be ready to welcome the message of the Gospel and the surprises that God has in store for us.

God’s word is alive and full of strength, it discerns the sentiments of the heart, but we must be open to receive it. Speaking to those present for morning Mass in the Vatican, the pope highlighted the need to really welcome the message of the Gospel with an attitude of docility and openness.

Pope Francis (CNS/Reuters)

The Gospel, Pope Francis said, doesn’t just tell us the things we want to hear. It is alive and strong and full of novelty; God’s Word, he continued, is “free” and full of surprises because “our God is the God of surprises, the God of the Revelation.”

And urging us to be malleable and docile, he said we must ask ourselves whether we adapt ourselves to the novelties of the Gospel? Or do we process the message until it becomes something different to what God wants it to be?

And Francis reflected on the first reading of the day in which the prophet Samuel reprimands King Saul for not obeying the voice of the Lord and for attempting to justify his disobedience by masking his greed with generosity. The pope said it is important is to have a docile and obedient heart, listening to the voice of the Lord and doing what he commands us to do so that in obeying him, we share in his life and love. And this, he continued, leads us to reflect on the true meaning of Christian “freedom” and of Christian “obedience”, both of which, he said, are to be found in the Word of God and in the courage to really be open to his message.