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No one is excluded

· At the Angelus the Pope recalls that God's goodness has no borders and does not discriminate ·

God's goodness “has no boundaries and does not discriminate against anyone”. This is why the Kingdom of God, Pope Francis stated at the Angelus on Sunday, 12 October, cannot be enclosed within “the confines of our 'tiny little church'”, but its borders are wide open to all mankind. The only condition to enter is “to wear wedding attire, that is, to show charity toward God and toward your neighbour”.

The Pontiff's reflection was based on the parable of the wedding feast from the Gospel according to Matthew (22:1-14). The empty banquet hall, shunned by the invited guests, Francis recalled, becomes “filled with 'the excluded'” and among them there are “poor, neglected and marginalized people, good and bad”. Thus, “the Gospel, rejected by some, is unexpectedly welcomed in many other hearts”.

This leads to the understanding that “the banquet of the Lord’s gifts is universal”. Indeed, “everyone is given the opportunity to respond to the invitation, to his call; no one has the right to feel privileged or to claim an exclusive right”. From this point the Pope then invited us “to break the habit of conveniently placing ourselves at the centre, as did the high priests and the Pharisees”. It is an attitude that does not pertain to a true Christian, called instead to be open “to the peripheries” and to acknowledge “those who are at the margins, even one who is cast aside and scorned by society is the object of God’s generosity”.

Before the Angelus, the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of two Canadian saints, Bishop François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation Guyart Martin. During the homily, Pope Francis especially asked us to “commemorate the witnesses, the missionaries of the faith”, turning his thoughts to those men and women who still today are “killed, assassinated” far from their homeland.

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