Before finishing his homily, Pope Francis painted one final scenario, that of a single mother who wants to have her child baptized.
“Think about a single mother who goes to church, in the parish and to the secretary she says: ‘I want my child baptized.’
“And then this Christian, this Christian says: ‘No, you cannot because you’re not married!’
“But look, this girl who had the courage to carry her pregnancy and not to return her son to the sender, what is it? A closed door! This is not zeal! It is far from the Lord! It does not open doors!
“And so when we are on this street, we have this attitude, we do not do good to people, the people, the People of God. But Jesus instituted the seven sacraments, (and) with this attitude and we are establishing the eighth: the sacrament of pastoral customs!” he warned.
The Pope noted, “Jesus is indignant when he sees these things” because those who suffer are “his faithful people, the people that he loves so much.”
He concluded his homily by asking everyone to think about “the Holy People of God, a simple people, who want to get closer to Jesus and we think of so many Christians of goodwill who are wrong and that instead of opening a door they close the door of goodwill … So we ask the Lord that all those who come to the Church find the doors open, find the doors open, open to meet this love of Jesus. We ask this grace.”
—Pope Francis, Homily, May 25, 2013
I hope every Catholic follows the Pope’s advice about ‘opening the doors’ of their hearts!
Jesus doesn’t live inside ‘raisin-hearted’ individuals. No room.