To understand God, get down on your knees, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God’s love and the salvation offered in Jesus cannot be understood using intelligence alone and, in fact, trying to make it all reasonable can make one crazy, Pope Francis said. “When intelligence tries to explain a mystery, it always — always — becomes crazy,” the pope said Oct. 22 in the homily at his early morning Mass. The mystery of salvation “can only be understood on one’s knees, in contemplation,” he said, according to a report by Vatican Radio. To enter into a mystery one needs “intelligence, heart, knees, prayer — all together.” Another key to understanding the mystery of salvation, he said, is to recognize how near God is to each of his creatures and how hands-on he is. “For me, what comes to mind is a nurse in a hospital: She treats the patient’s wounds one by one, but with her own hands,” the pope said. “God gets involved, he enters our misery, he draws near to our wounds and he heals them with his hands.” In fact, the pope said, it was to have hands and be able to touch people that Christ became human and lived on earth, suffering and dying before rising from the dead.