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God reveals himself to humble hearts, says Pope

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Pope Francis: “Only those who have a heart like a child are capable of receiving this revelation …”
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GOD reveals himself to humble and meek hearts, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass.

“Many can know science, theology as well. But if they do not do this theology on their knees, that is, humbly, like the little ones, they will not understand anything. They will tell us many things, but they will not understand anything,” he said on December 2 in his homily during the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.

In the day’s Gospel reading, Luke 10:21-24, Jesus praises God the father for having “hidden these things from the wise and the learned … and revealed them to the childlike. Only those who have a heart like a child are capable of receiving this revelation, those who have a humble, meek heart, who feel the need to pray, to open themselves to God, who feel poor; only those who live according to the first Beatitude – the poor in spirit,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio.

In a similar way, he said, “Jesus comes not like a captain, an army general, a powerful governor, no, no. He comes like a shoot,” he said, referring to the day’s first reading from Isaiah 11:1-10, which describes the coming of the Messiah as a “shoot” that will “sprout from the stump of Jesse”.

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