Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope commented on Sunday’s Gospel reading from St. Mark in which “Jesus began to speak openly about what would happen to Him at the end. … It is clear that a great interior distance separates Jesus and His disciples. This, the Holy Father explained, “reminds us that God’s logic is always “other” with respect to our own. … For this reason, following the Lord always requires a profound conversion on the part of man, a change in his or her way of thinking and living. It requires an openness of heart, in order to listen and allow oneself to be enlightened and transformed from within. A key point in which God and man are different is pride: God has no pride, because He is absolute fullness, and is completely given to love and the giving of life. In us, on the other hand, pride is deeply rooted and requires constant vigilance and purification. We, who are small, desire to appear great, to be the first, while God does not fear to humble Himself and make Himself the last”.