“Only those whose hearts are like the young” are able to receive the revelation of God. This was the reflection given by Pope Francis during his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta.
According to Vatican Radio, the Pope reflected on today’s Gospel from St. Luke, in which Christ praises God for revealing His will to the “childlike”.
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see,” Jesus says to his disciples. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Pope Francis said that through His prayer, Christ reveals to Christians the inner life He has. That revelation, he stressed, is given to “the humble of heart, the meek, who feel the need to pray, to open up to God, who feel poor; only he who goes forward with the first Beatitude: the poor in spirit.”
While acknowledging that while some many the science behind theology, the Holy Father said that those who do not do “this theology on their knees, humbly” will not understand anything.
“Only with this poverty is one capable of receiving the revelation that the Father gives through Jesus,” the Pope said.
Referring to the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, the Pope said that Christ is not a captain or army general, but rather like a bud. “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,” the Pope said.
Concluding his homily, Pope Francis called on Christians to follow Christ’s path of humility, meekness and poverty during the Advent season, “so that he can come to save us, to free us.”