In life, Christians face the choice of either being open to encountering God’s generosity or closed in on their own interests, Pope Francis said.
The banquet that Jesus often refers to in his parables “is an image of heaven, of eternity with the Lord,” the pope said in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on 5th November.
However, he added, “in front of that gratuitousness, the universality of the feast, there is that attitude that closes the heart: ‘I am not going. I prefer to be alone (or) with people that I like. Closed’.
“This is sin, the sin of the people of Israel, our sin. Being closed,” the pope said.
The day’s Gospel reading from St Luke recounted Jesus telling the parable of a rich man whose invitation to a great banquet was refused by those he invited.
Angered by their refusal, the man instead commands his servants to invite “the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame” while assuring that “not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet.”
Picture: Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, at the Vatican on 5th November 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).