Pope Francis Pope Francis (19659002) Pope Francis is reading the Pardon of the crowd gathering at St. Peter's Square on Sunday, which explains why he was stuck in a Vatican elevator and
"First of all, I have to apologize for the delay, but there was an accident: I was locked in the elevator for 25 minutes!" the pope said on September 1, after arriving seven minutes late for the noon Angelus and reflection.
He explained that there was a drop in voltage and the elevator stopped. Thank God the fire department came ̵
Pope Francis is usually very punctual for the regular Sunday appointment, for which he reads a short reflection and then returns to a traditional Marian prayer, either the Angelus or the Regina Coeli, from a Window inside the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square.
In his reflection on September 1, Pope Francis spoke about humility and humility in generosity. "Jesus always shows us the way of humility," he said, "we must learn the way of humility!"
He explained that in the day's gospel, Jesus attends a banquet at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and
So, Jesus shares two parables about people vying for the best place, which "is a rather widespread attitude, even in our day," he said.
"And not only when we are invited to a lunch: usually, we look for the first place to affirm a presumed superiority over others, "he continued.
The first parable Jesus tells the guest who is the best place to go. Jesus warns against doing so because "a more distinguished guest may come, leading to an embarrassing moment when having to move to the last place."
"Jesus teaches us to have the opposite attitude," the pope said.
Francis noted that in the second parable, Jesus addresses the host and tells him or her
"Here too, Jesus goes completely against the current, manifesting the logic of God the Father," he said. 19659003] According to Pope Francis, Jesus' lesson is this: "that those who behave in this way will have divine reward, [which is] much superior to human repayment."
Doing something for someone only because of you Christian wants to receive something in return is not Christian, he said. In fact, it is turning into commercial transactions.
"Jesus invites us to selfless generosity, to open the way to a great deal more joy, the joy of being in the very love of God that awaits us, all of us, in the heavenly banquet, "he said.
" Humble generosity is Christian. "