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Pope remarks that Salvation cannot be bought or sold

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Pope Francis spoke about salvation at Tuesday morning Mass, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The Mass was said at Casa Santa Marta. According to Zenit News Agency, he stated that a humble heart, like that of Mary is what is required to obtain salvation. Through Mary's obedience, she loosened the knot of disobedience, caused by the pride of Adam and Eve that led them to disobey God.

Pope Francis said, "This very long road will help all of us to have a more human heart, closer to God, not so proud, not so self-sufficient. This road of recovery occurs in stages, a road of obedience and humility that leads to salvation."

Pope Francis continued, "Salvation cannot be bought or sold; it's a gift. It's given to us it's free. We can't be saved through ourselves: Salvation is a totally free gift. It's not bought through the blood of bulls or goats. It can't be bought. But in order to receive this salvation, we need a humble heart, a meek heart, an obedient heart. Like that of Mary. And the model for this road towards salvation is the same God, his Son, who didn't consider being equal to God an advantage which cannot be abandoned. Paul said this."

Pope Francis invited the faithful to follow this road of humility. Pope Francis said that through the blood of his son, who “became like one of us”, we are saved.

Pope Francis called on the faithful to look at the history of Adam, Eve, Mary and Jesus, a road distinguished by the presence of God “who walks alongside his people.”

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis said, “Let’s say: ‘Thank you. Thank you Lord, because today you told us that you have given us salvation.’ Today is a day to give thanks to the Lord.”