You have convictions: They don’t overrule God’s Commandments…
(CUSA) – The temptation to elevate our limited intellect over that of God is ever greater where social media has become the outlet of desperation for so many.
Humility instead is is the way to truth. You can learn it now or let it hit you later in judgment. —Ed.
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015
Brothers and Sisters,
Do not put your own convictions or a list of commandments before the Lord’s mercy. Jonah is initially resistant to God’s will, but eventually learns that he must obey the Lord.
The city of Nineveh converts thanks to Jonah’s preaching. It really was a miracl because, in this case, he abandons his stubbornness, his rigidity, to obey the will of God, and he did what the Lord commanded him.
And afterwards, after the conversion of Nineveh, Jonah, who was not a man who was docile to the Spirit of God, was angry”. He even rebuked the Lord.
So the story of Jonah and Nineveh unfolds in three chapters: the first is Jonah’s resistance to the mission the Lord entrusts him with; the second is his obedience and the ensuing miracle; in the third chapter, there is resistance to God’s mercy.
Jesus too was misunderstood because of his mercy.
Jesus lived with the Doctors of the Law who did not understand why he did not let the adulteress be stoned, they did not understand why he dined with publicans and sinners, they did not understand. They did not understand mercy.
The Psalm that we prayed today tells us to wait for the Lord because with the Lord there is mercy, and redemption.
Where the Lord is, there is mercy. As Ambrose said: “Where his ministers are there is rigidity. The rigidity that defies mission, which challenges mercy.”
As we approach the Year of Mercy, let us pray the Lord to help us understand his heart, to understand what ‘mercy’ means, what it means when He says: ‘I want mercy, not sacrifice!’
Translation from Vatican Radio