Only the humble submission of each individual to the Holy Spirit can bring harmony to communities suffering from division, Pope Francis said.
While money, vanity and gossip will always tear people apart, “the Holy Spirit is the master of harmony, he is capable of creating it,” but it must be done inside the heart of each individual and “many things must change within us,” the pope said in his homily at his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 21st April.
At the start of the live broadcast of Mass, the pope first prayed that people would use the pandemic-induced time of increased silence in their lives to learn how to listen.
“There is a lot of silence in this period. You can even hear the silence,” which may be something very different from what people are used to, he said. “May this silence,” he prayed, “teach us to listen, make us grow in our ability to listen.”
In his homily, the pope reflected on the day’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which describes the first community of Christians being of “one heart and mind,” giving up their possessions in order to meet everyone’s needs and living in harmony.
The early Christian community is “a model” that God lets people see so they know what is possible “if we are open to the Holy Spirit, if we are docile,” the pope said.
Picture: Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, on 21st April 2020. The pope prayed people would use the time of silence created by the Covid-19 pandemic to learn how to be better listeners. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).