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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Doubts crop up when God shows new way and devil interferes, pope says

When God starts pointing out a new path to follow, doubts over whether it is orthodox or heretical can creep in, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

“The devil is at work here, and some friends also help, right?” the pope said during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 15th December.

The pope’s homily centred on St John the Baptist and the day’s reading from the Gospel of Luke (7:24-30), in which Jesus asked the crowds why they had gone to see the prophet in the desert.

Everyone went to hear John speak, the pope said. But the Pharisees and the scholars of the law only went to judge him, not be baptised.

Jesus asked if the people went to see “someone dressed in fine garments?” the pope said, adding that “those who dress luxuriously and live sumptuously are found in royal palaces,” not in the desert preaching.

Jesus recognised that the people had gone to see a prophet, a truly great prophet, the pope said, because he was faithful to what the Lord asked him.