In his homily for daily Mass on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary yesterday, Pope Francis reflected on the parable of the Good Samaritan, saying that even good and holy people can unintentionally be deaf to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and he urged his listeners to be open to God giving them a change of plans.
“Open up your heart and listen to what God is saying to you. Allow your life to be 'written by God.' Just as the Good Samaritan did when he stopped to help the stranger, we must all listen to God’s voice and sometimes put our own projects on hold to do his will," the Holy Father preached. Christians, priests, bishops, even the Pope, can fail to listen to the Holy Spirit, and in this way turn away from God, Francis taught. “Open up your heart and listen to what God is saying to you. Allow your life to “written” by God”. Just as the Good Samaritan did when he stopped to help the stranger, we must all listen to God’s voice and sometimes put our own projects on hold to do his will. “I say to myself, and I say to you: do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?”
“The flight from God. You can flee from God, being Christian, being Catholic … being a priest, bishop, Pope … we all, we all are able to flee from God. It is a daily temptation,” the Pope said, “to not listen to God, not listen to his voice, not hear in one's heart his proposal, his invitation.”
As an example, the Pope pointed out the priest in the Gospel and equated him with a priest of the Church today. “a worthy priest, precisely in a cassock, good, very good, who saw the man and thought 'I will be late for Mass.'” In the end, it was the Samaritan, the sinner who had constantly fled from God, who heeded God's voice. The Samaritan “was not habituated to religious practices, to the moral life, even theologically he was wrong, because Samaritans worshiped God in a place where God did not will to be worshiped."
Jonah, the priest, and the Levite all fled from God and his will “because their hearts were closed, and when your heart is closed, you cannot hear the voice of God. Instead, a Samaritan as he went on his way, 'saw him and had compassion': his heart was open, he was human. And humanity drew him near to God," Francis preached. The Samaritan, however, let God have his way with his life. “He changed everything, that night, because the Lord has drawn near in the person of this poor man, wounded, badly wounded, thrown on the way.”
“Do you have the capacity to find the Word of God in the story of each day, or are your ideas the ones that you hold up, and you do not let the surprises of the Lord speak to you?”