Pope Francis: ‘God listens to all prayers, even angry ones’

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‘Tell God what you feel to his face,’ Francis said during Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence

God “likes to argue with us,” especially when it is difficult to accept his will, Pope Francis said.

“Even this is a prayer! He likes it when you get angry and tell him what you feel to his face because he is a father!” the Pope said on January 24 during Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae.

The day’s first reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, said that Christ came in to the world saying, “Behold, I come to do your will, O God.”

Jesus’ “Here I am” to God, the Pope said, echoes the words of important figures — such as Moses, Abraham, Elijah and Mary — who throughout the entire history of salvation expressed their willingness and submission to God’s will.

“This is Christian life: a ‘Here I am,’ a continuous ‘Here I am’ of doing the Lord’s will, one after the other,” the Pope added. “It is beautiful to read Scripture, the Bible, to look for people’s answer to the Lord, how they responded.”

Some biblical figures, like Adam and Jonah, are examples that can help Christians reflect on whether they truly accept God’s will in their lives or “pretend to do the Lord’s will but only externally.”

People should ask themselves, “Do I hide” like Adam did? “Do I run away? Do I pretend? Or do I look the other way?” Pope Francis said.





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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    “The day’s first reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, said that Christ came in to the world saying, “Behold, I come to do your will, O God.”
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    Hebrews, like the epistles of Paul, speak of a celestial demigod, not a historical Jesus. In any event, why would Jesus say “I have come to do your will, O God,” if he was actually God himself? This is one of a number of examples in scripture that make it clear that the Jesus invented by Mark did not claim to be Yahweh.
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    “People should ask themselves, “Do I hide” like Adam did? “Do I run away? Do I pretend? Or do I look the other way?” Pope Francis said.
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    I’m more inclined to ask why Yahweh-Jesus committed child-abandonment, and punished Adam for doing something he could not possibly know was wrong, until after eating of the metaphorical tree of knowledge of good and evil. How could he know disobedience was wrong until after he ate the fruit? Then Yahweh-Jesus punishes him, abandons, him, punishes all of us, and then commands that we should love him. It’s tough to love a Father who abandons you for doing something you didn’t know was wrong, then sentences you to eternal torment if you don’t get some water splashed on your head.
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    Gen 3:22 tells us that we know the difference between good and evil, and what we know after reading his so-called holy book, is that Yahweh-Jesus is mostly evil, what with condoning or commanding the murders of countless innocents, acts of genocide, slavery, sexism, racism, discrimination against the disabled, homophobia, etc. Yeah, I would hide from him too! He’s a monster who sends mere humans to eternal torment, not to mention aborted, miscarried and stillborns who commit the heinous crime of dying before being baptized. All are denied salvation, the opposite of which is Hell. This is pure evil, the greatest evil I think any human has ever come up with. To live but a handful of decades, yet be sent to billions and trillions of eternal years of torment for failing to believe in a god who hides himself from us – what could possibly be more unjust?
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    Wake up people. Either the god you worship is evil, or the Church that invented him is.

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