Pope Francis explains to the crowd why he was late for lunch Angelus
Pope Francis begs the forgiveness of the crowd gathered at St. Peter's Square on Sunday, explaining that he was late because he was stuck in the Vatican elevator3 and
"First, I have to apologize for the delay, but there was an incident: I was locked in the elevator for 25 minutes!" Said the Pope on September 1, after arriving seven minutes late for Angelus lunch and reflection.
He explained that "there was a voltage drop and the elevator stopped. Thank God the fire department came ̵
Pope Francis is usually very accurate about a regular Sunday meeting, for which he reads briefly and then prays the traditional Marian prayer – Angelus or Regina Coely – from a window inside the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square.
In his reflections of September 1, Pope Francis spoke of humility and humility in generosity. "Jesus always shows us the way of humility," he says, "we must learn the way of humility!" So, Jesus shares two parables for people who are fighting for the best place, which "is a fairly commonplace even today," he says.
"And not only when we are invited to lunch: we usually look for the first place to assert an assumed superiority over others," he continued. "In fact, this race to the forefront hurts the community, both civil and ecclesiastical, because it destroys brotherhood."
The first parable Jesus says addresses the guest who is inclined to take the best place. Jesus warns against doing so because a "more noble guest" may arrive, which will lead to a troubling moment when we must move to the last place.
"Jesus teaches us to have the opposite attitude," the Pope said. "We must not seek the attention and attention of others on our own initiative, but rather let others be the ones who give it to us."
Francis notes that in the second parable, Jesus addresses the host and tells him or to invite those who cannot pay, such as the poor, the crippled, the knights, the blind.
"Here, too, Jesus is completely contrary to the current, always manifesting the logic of God the Father," he said.  According to Pope Francis, the key to interpreting the lesson of Jesus is this: "Those who behave in this way will receive a divine reward, [which is] much greater than human redemption."
just because he gets something in return is not Christian, he said. In fact, it turns relationships into trade deals.
"Jesus invites us with selfless generosity, to open the way to much greater joy, the joy of being partakers of the very love of God that awaits us, all of us, at the heavenly banquet," he said.
"Humble generosity is Christian."