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Pope: Grace comes in surprising ways

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - Updated: 10:08 am

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God does not conform to people’s expectations, and he often presents himself and his graces in surprising ways, Pope Francis said.

“God does not conform himself to preconceptions. We have to make an effort to open our hearts and minds to accept the divine reality that presents itself to us,” the pope said before praying the Angelus to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square July 8.

For example, the pope said, the people of Nazareth could not understand how Jesus, a simple carpenter with no formal education, could perform miracles and outdo even the scribes with his teachings.

Being so familiar with Jesus’ family and modest roots, the residents go from being in awe to being incredulous at what the Lord had to say, Pope Francis said.

“It’s the scandal of the incarnation,” which still exists today, he said, when people have preconceived notions about God, which keep them from recognizing him.


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