Pope Francis at Mass be Christians who "are not afraid to get their hands dirty, their clothes, when they draw near",
During morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis urges lay people and pastors to reflect on what it means to be Christian, calling on them to be "open" to God's surprises, drawing close to those in need. An invitation to be " earnest Christians ", Christians who "are not afraid to get their hands dirty, their clothes, when they draw near", Christians "open to surprises" and who, like Jesus, "pay for others" . Those were Pope Francis’ words during his homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Taking inspiration from today's Gospel from Luke, the Pontiff reflected on the "six characters" of the parable told by Jesus to the Doctor of the Law who, to put him "to the test", asks him: "Who is my neighbour?". Then he lists the bandits, the wounded, the priest, the Levite, the Samaritan and the innkeeper.