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Don't be too busy to hear God's voice, Pope tells congregation at morning Mass

October 07, 2013

In his homily at a morning Mass on October 7, Pope Francis said that Christians should “let God write our lives,” rather than “do the writing ourselves.”

Commenting on the Gospel story of the Good Samaritan, the Pope said that the priest who passed by the wounded man “didn’t hear the voice of God,” probably because he was preoccupied with his own duties. The Pope pictured a Catholic priest, saying to himself, “I will be late for Mass.” Similarly the Levite passed the man by, not wanting to be involved and perhaps face a judge in the case.

The Samaritan, the Pope observed, was a man “who wasn’t used to participating in religious rites, who didn’t lead a moral life, who was theologically wrong.” But in this case “the Samaritan understood that God was calling him, and he did not turn away.”

The Samaritan’s human response brought him closer to God, the Pope said. He contrasted that attitude with the approach of those who “do not allow God to write their lives.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 08, 2013 8:47 AM ET USA

    No one can accuse this Pope of being out of touch with the modern world. All of the "7 percenters" I know are in schedule overload balancing church, family, and work. (7%ers - see www.dynamiccatholic.com/) The Holy Father's comment that the Samaritan "was a man “who wasn’t used to participating in religious rites, who didn’t lead a moral life, who was theologically wrong ... but, understood that God was calling him, and he did not turn away” speaks to us all.