Learning How to Welcome

Pope Francis gave many astounding talks on his South America trip, which ended yesterday. We’ll be finding quotes from it on the ‘Net, and I’m happy to forward them as many are, however this extended quotes from his last Mass at Nu Guazu outside Asuncion, Paraguay, on the subject of hospitality resonated with me. The homily is from this Sunday’s Gospel about the sending of the 12. Rather than put them just on Facebook (these are too long for Twitter), I share them with you here:

“Jesus does not send them out as men of influence, landlords, officials armed with rules and regulations.  Instead, he makes them see that the Christian journey is about changing hearts.  It is about learning to live differently, under a different law, with different rules.  It is about turning from the path of selfishness, conflict, division and superiority, and taking instead the path of life, generosity and love.  It is about passing from a mentality which domineers, stifles and manipulates to a mentality which welcomes, accepts and cares.

“…Today the Lord says to us quite clearly: in the mentality of the Gospel, you do not convince people with arguments, strategies or tactics.  You convince them by learning how to welcome them.”

Learning how to welcome people is the big trick. It could be a book in itself. A good part of The Joy of the Gospel addresses this.

Here’s the complete homily.

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3 comments

  1. David Eisenstein · · Reply

    This is something I need to work on. I keep people at a distance, most of them, and don’t do welcoming very well. I isolate. Bible study is helping me some in making me see that Jesus would have me be more like Him, and social. I ask for your prayers. Thanks.

  2. David Eisenstein · · Reply

    Keith, you mention The Joy of the Gospel in this stray thought. Is this the same document as EVANGELII GAUDIUM, as is found on the web at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html ?

    1. Yes, it is.

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