As the Holy Father’s “style” continues to develop, he has taken to asking more questions, seeking crowd interaction, and then assigning a task. I think he always did these things, but now it has become a sort of weekly “feature”.
The question that Pope Francis asked in today’s Angelus was: “Do you read a passage from the Gospel every day?” – to which there was a mixed reaction from the crowd.
So he continued, “But it is important! Do you read the Gospel? It’s a good thing; it’s a good thing to have a small book of the gospels – a small one – to carry around with us, in the pocket, in the purse, and to read a small passage from it at any hour of the day.“
PREDICTION: Soon many of the gift shops and bookstores in Rome will have specials on pocket-sized gospel books.
So: Do you have a small book of the gospels? Do you read from it?
Towards the end of the Angelus address the Holy Father said, “Don’t forget: this week, listen to Jesus! And think about this thing [I mentioned] about the Gospel: Will you do it? Will you do this? Then, next Sunday, you can tell me if you’ve done it: if you have a small book of the gospels in your pocket or your purse, to read a brief passage during the day.”