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.
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.