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‘Fear of God’ isn’t fright, it’s being humble, childlike, pope says

God reveals his mysteries, not to the wise and learned, but to those who are childlike, that is, to people who are humble and fear the Lord, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

“Fear of the Lord isn’t fright. No. It is living the command God gave our father Abraham, ‘Walk in my presence and be blameless.’ Humble. This is humility. The fear of the Lord is humility,” the pope said on 29th November.

During morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, the pope reflected on the day’s readings. When the prophet Isaiah talks about a small shoot sprouting from the stump of Jesse, the pope said, he is illustrating God’s way of revealing himself through small, simple things.

The Lord will come not as the leader of a great army to liberate his people, the pope said, but as a tiny bud. Jesus, too, in the Gospel reading from St. Luke, says God keeps things hidden “from the wise and learned,” but reveals them to “the childlike.”