Pope Francis on Pentecost last year said, “The Church must step outside herself. To go where? To the outskirts of existence, whatever they may be, but she must step out. Jesus tells us, ‘Go into all the world! Preach! Bear witness to the Gospel!’ (Mark 16:15) But what happens if we step outside ourselves? The same as can happen to anyone who comes and onto the streets: an accident. But I tell you, I far prefer a Church that has a few accidents to a church that has fallen sick from being closed. Go out, go out!”
This quote from Pope Francis made we think of another quote from, ‘Creativity, INC overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration’ by Ed Catmull president of Pixar Animation. Ed Catmull writes, “It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.” I would change this quote around just a little bit by sayings, “It’s is not the bishop’s job to prevents risks. It’s the bishop job to make it safe for others to take them.” Every time we act on faith we are taking a risk. Faith is taking a step off a cliff and trusting that Jesus will hold you up. If we only take acceptable risks than why do we need faith? Faith is getting out of the boat and walking on water when Jesus says come to me. Mother Theresa said, “If we want certitude we don’t want faith.”
Pope Francis spoke these words to the crowd, “Think of what the book of Revelation says so well. It says something beautiful: that Jesus stands at the door and knocks, knocks to be let into our hearts. (Rev 3:20) This is the meaning of the book of Revelation. But ask yourselves this question: how often is Jesus inside and knocking at the door to be let out, to come out? And we do not let him out because of our own need for security, because so often we are locked into ephemeral structures that serve solely to make us slaves and not free children of God.”
Today thought, Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart to be let out. Maybe this means that we yell Alleluia when the Spirit touches us during prayer.