During his Tuesday Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis talked about salvation. The Pope explained that God always stays close to His people and guides them to Paradise. He added that the to be saved, Christians should always follow the example of Our Lady.
"Salvation is a gift, and is totally free. It can't be bought with the blood of bulls or goats: it can’t be bought at all. But in order to receive this salvation, we need a humble heart, a meek heart, an obedient heart. Like that of Mary.”
Marking the feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis added that Christians should always give thanks for the gift of salvation.
EXCERPT OF THE POPE'S HOMILY
Source: Vatican Radio
"The Lord is walking alongside his people. And why does he walk alongside them with so much tenderness? It’s to soften our hearts. He explicitly says this, ‘I will make your heart of stone become a heart of flesh.’ It’s to soften our hearts to receive a promise he made in Heaven. Sin entered among mankind but for another man comes salvation. And this very long road will help all of us to have a more human heart, closer to God, not so proud, not so self-sufficient.”
"Salvation cannot be bought or sold: it’s a gift. It’s given to us, it’s free. We can’t be saved through ourselves: Salvation is a totally free gift. It’s not bought through the blood of bulls or goats: it can’t be bought. But in order to receive this salvation, we need a humble heart, a meek heart, an obedient heart. Like that of Mary. And the model for this road towards salvation is the same God, his Son, who didn’t consider being equal to God an advantage which cannot be abandoned. Paul said this.”
"Today we can embrace our Father who, thanks to the blood of his Son, became like one of us in order to save us. This is the God who is waiting for us every day …. Let’s look at the icon of Eve and Adam, let’s look at the icon of Mary and Jesus. Let’s look at the road of history with God who walks alongside his people. And let’s say: ‘Thank you. Thank you Lord because today you told us that you have given us salvation.’ Today is a day to give thanks to the Lord.”