The Holy Father went on to criticize those who have “stubborn souls,” and “do not understand what God’s mercy is,” including Jonah.
Closed to mercy, the Pope explained, “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.”
These people forgot “the omnipotence of God is manifested primarily in His mercy and forgiveness,” the Pope said, recognizing “it is not easy to understand God’s mercy.”
“Much prayer is needed because it is a grace,” he said.
God’s infinite mercy, the Holy Father reminded, prevails over all. Therefore, the Pope warned Christians against being rigid and invited them to open their hearts.
The Holy Father concluded, giving the following advice: ‘Read the Book of Jonah today. It is very small, only three pages, and see how the Lord acts, how His mercy transforms our hearts, and thank the Lord for being so merciful.’