Everyone who goes to Mass has the right to hear the word of God in all its fullness, which means it must be read well and explained well with “fervour,” Pope Francis said.
People have the right to hear God’s word in a way that “knocks at the heart and changes hearts,” he said at his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on 14th February.
Before beginning his prepared talk, the pope greeted some 10,000 people braving a cold drizzle under umbrellas or raincoats by saying, “Good morning! It’s a little bad out today, but if the soul is joyful, then it is always a good day. So, good morning!”
The pope continued his series of audience talks on the Mass, underlining the importance of receiving “abundantly from the treasury of God’s word” present in the Mass readings and the homily.
“Each one of us, when we go to Mass, we have the right to receive abundantly God’s word, read well, well-spoken and then explained well in the homily,” he said. “It is a right.”
Picture: Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 14th February. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).