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Pope: To understand God, one needs a humble heart

2014-12-02

In his Tuesday morning Mass, Pope Francis explained that God makes Himself present in the humble. To truly understand theology, he said, one must first get on one's knees to pray. 

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"Only those whose hearts are like the young are capable of receiving this revelation. The humble of heart, the meek,  those who feel the need to pray, to open up to God, those who feel poor. The journey of recognizing our sins. This is how God saves us and liberates us.” 

The Pope then added that to truly understand God, even theologians can't depend solely on their intelligence, first, he said, one must embrace a humble attitude. 

The Vatican's former Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, also attended the Mass to celebrate his 80th birthday. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY: 
Source: Vatican Radio

"He makes us know the Father, introduces us to this inner life that He has. And who reveals that the Father? Who gives this grace? 'I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little ones'. Only those whose hearts are like the young are capable of receiving this revelation, the humble of heart, the meek, who feel the need to pray, to open up to God, who feel poor; only he who go forward with the first Beatitude: the poor in spirit."

Therefore, poverty is a privileged gift that opens the door to the mystery of God. A gift that sometimes, noted Pope Francis, that may be lacking in those dedicated to a life of study.

"Many may know the science, theology well, so many! But if they do not do this theology on their knees, humbly, like children, they will not understand anything. It will tell them many things, but they will not understand anything. Only with this poverty is one capable of receiving the revelation that the Father gives through Jesus, through Jesus. Jesus is, not like a captain, an army general, a powerful ruler, no, no. He is like a bud. Just like we heard in the First Reading: 'On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse'. He is a bud that is humble, mild, and came to the humble, and to the meek, to bring salvation to the sick, the poor, the oppressed.”

Pope Francis continued by saying that the mystery Jesus is that of humbling oneself. It is a mystery that  "brings salvation to the poor, brings comfort to those who are stricken by many diseases, sins and difficult situations." "Out of this context”, concluded Pope Francis you cannot understand the mystery of Jesus":


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