Highlights Jesus Great Gift That Offers Fortitude, Stability and Counsel
Vatican City, May 19, 2014 (Zenit.org)
A Christian should have their heart fixed on the Holy Spirit, not a fickle heart that dances from one place to another.
This was Pope Francis message Monday morning at Mass in Casa Santa Marta.
The Pope focused his homily on St. Paul, who was able to continuously evangelize because his heart was made firm by the Holy Spirit. What kind of heart do we have? That was the question at the center of Pope Francis homily based on the First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which speaks of St Paul’s commitment to evangelization his firm heart in continuous motion.
The Apostle to the Gentiles is in Iconium, where they tried to kill him, but still he does not complain, the Pope recalled. He pushes ahead on to evangelize in the area of Lycaonia, and in the name of the Lord, heals a paralytic. On seeing this miracle, the pagans think Paul, and Barnabas who was accompanying him, are gods Zeus and Hermes descended upon the earth.
Paul struggled to convince them that they were men, the Pope said, adding that these are the human trials that Paul experienced.
We all have many of these, all of us; we are surrounded by many events that move us from one place to another. But we ask for the grace to have a fixed heart, like Paul, so as not to complain about the persecution. Read more