Pope in Santa Marta: "Rigid souls do not know how to open their hearts like Jesus does"
In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, the pope explained that in order for one to open his or her heart to others, he must first get rid of rigid rules and thoughts.
“Those who have stubborn souls do not understand what God's mercy is. They are like Jonah: 'We must preach about this. These souls will be punished because they have sinned and must go to hell...' The rigid do not know how to enlarge their heart like the Lord. They forget that God's righteousness became flesh through His Son, it became mercy, it became forgiveness; the heart of God is always open to forgiveness."
Pope Francis explained that holding on to the righteousness of revenge will only serve to draw Christians away from the message and grace of Jesus.
SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY
“Those who have stubborn souls do not understand what God's mercy is. They are like Jonah. 'We must preach about this. These souls will be punished because they have hurt others and must go to hell ...'. The rigid do not know how to enlarge their heart like the Lord. FLASH They forget that God's righteousness has become flesh in His Son, He has been merciful, He has forgiven; the heart of God is always open to forgiveness.
They do not know how to open their hearts to the Lord. He described them as “faint-hearted” - with little hearts that are closed to mercy - and attached to issues of naked righteousness: “they forget that the justice of God became flesh in his Son, it became mercy and forgiveness; they forget that God’s heart is always open to forgiveness. Something else they forget is that the omnipotence of God is manifested primarily in His mercy and forgiveness.
It is not easy to understand God's mercy, it is not easy. Much prayer is needed because it is a grace. And we are so accustomed to the tit-for-tat attitude - that kind of attitude that implies that justice means paying for what you did, but Jesus paid for us and continues to pay.
He is the God of patience, He is the God who knows how to give a caress, who knows how to open hearts”. The message at the heart the prophetic Book is to be found in the dialogue between prophecy, penance, mercy and faint-heartedness or stubbornness. And it is in the fact that God’s mercy always prevails because His omnipotence is manifested in His mercy.”