MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
Open to the Holy Spirit
27 April 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n.
18, 1 May 2013)
There are those who face suffering while keeping alive the joy
that comes from the Holy Spirit — as for example we see with persecuted
Christians in many parts of the world — and there are those who instead “use
money to buy favour” and to plea bargain with, or they use “slander to deface or
to seek the help of worldly powers”. Some even go so far as to mock those who
seek to live out their own suffering in Christian joy. This was subject matter
of Pope Francis' homily on Saturday morning, 27 April, at Mass in the chapel of
the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Among the concelebrants were Archbishop Mario Zenari, Apostolic
Nuncio in Syria, and Bishop Dražen Kutleša of Poreč and Pula, Croatia.
Participating in the mass were, among others, staff of the Vatican Post Office
and a group of volunteers of the paediatric dispensary Santa Marta in the
Of those who persecute in the way mentioned above, the Holy
Father, noting the lack of love in their communities, wondered whether these
people “have perhaps forgotten their mothers' caresses when they were little.
These communities do not know how to caress; they know duty, productivity, how
to withdraw into apparent observation. Jesus said to them: 'You are like a tomb,
a beautiful, white tomb but nothing more'. Let us think today of the Church, so
beautiful. This Church that goes forward. Let us think of the many brothers who
suffer for this freedom of the Holy Spirit and suffer persecution, now, in many
places. But these brothers, in suffering, are full of joy and of the Holy
Spirit. These brothers, these open communities, missionaries, pray to Jesus
because they know that what he said is true and what we have heard now:
'Whatever you ask of me in my name I will do'. Jesus is the prayer. Closed
communities pray to the powers of the earth to help them. And that is not a good
path. Let us look to Jesus who send us to evangelize, to proclaim his name with
joy, filled with joy. Let's have no fear of the joy of the Holy Spirit. And
never, never let us involve ourselves in things that, in the long run, bring us
to become closed in ourselves. In this closedness, there is neither the fruit
nor the freedom of the Holy Spirit”.