Pope Francis: Mary is a symbol of how God works with the poor


Rome: On the feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis said that the Virgin Mary is a symbol of how God often works though the poor and unknown to carry out His plan for redemption.

Quoting the day’s reading, the pope recalled how Mary, pregnant with Jesus, brings joy to the house of Elizabeth who is carrying John the Baptist and that this joy is expressed in Luke’s Gospel with the Magnificat hymn, the Canticle of Mary.

“The Magnificat,” Francis told around 20,0000 people gathered in St. Peter’s square for the Angelus, “praises the loyal and merciful God, who carries out his design of salvation with the little ones and the poor, with those who have faith in Him, who trust his Word, like Mary.”

Mary, the pope said, carries within her the gift of Jesus not only for Elizabeth but also to the whole of humanity, and the Son of God takes human flesh from Mary for his mission of salvation.

The home of Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah used to be unhappy because there were no children, but through the grace of God, Elizabeth becomes pregnant with John the Baptist, forerunner of Jesus.

“When Mary arrives, the joy overflows and bursts from the hearts, because the invisible but real presence of Jesus fills everything with meaning: the life, the family, the redemption of the people… Everything!” the pope said.

This explosive happiness is expressed in the Magnificat, “a song praising God who works great things through humble and unknown people, just like Mary, like her spouse Joseph, and also the place where they live, Narzareth,” he added.

But beyond joy and fraternal communion, Mary also brought a faith that leads to hope, prayer and praise; and during the Angelus, Francis encouraged that the very same thing should also happen in everyone’s home.

“In carrying Jesus, the Madonna also brings us a new joy, filled with meaning,” the pope said, “she brings a new ability to overcome with faith the most painful and difficult moments; she brings the ability of mercy, to forgive each other, understand each other, support one another.”

On the feast of the Assumption, when Mary completes her journey on this earth, she precedes us in the pilgrimage of life and faith the pope said and concluded by asking for her intercession.

“We ask her to keep us and support us; so that we may have a strong, joyous and merciful faith,” he said. “May she help us to be holy, so that we might meet with her, one day, in Heaven.”

Addressing Mary as the Queen of Peace at the end of the Angelus, the pope entrusted to her “the anxieties and sorrows” of the people around the world who are suffering because of “natural disasters, social tensions, or conflicts,” asking her for consolation and “a future of serenity and harmony.”

 

(source: Crux)

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3 thoughts on “Pope Francis: Mary is a symbol of how God works with the poor

  1. What more honour can any woman think or aspire for than the greatest honour of carrying the Son of God in the womb and presenting him to the world ? We are humbled.

  2. In our sight, GOD’s selection of certain individuals for greater purpose to be fulfilled in the world seems like pure foolishness.

    The world known evangelist who has preached to more than 200 million people of the world face to face, then billions through Radio and TV said many times, that he will be asking JESUS the first question, why he has chosen such a person like me for preaching the gospel to millions of people around the world? He was the Pastor of the U.S., spiritual counselor to the Presidents; and met most of the world leaders and they all treated him like a very special emissary of God, including the father of the current North Korean autocrat. As a young boy of 11 years old, I had the blessings to hear him preach in Kerala, then in the U.S. While he started attending the Bob Jones College in Cleveland, Tennessee; he was depressed with the climate and the college. While he made the decision to move to Florida to an unknown Bible college, Dr. Bob Jones, President of the college gave Dr. Billy Graham one of the worst warning of discouragement that Billy Graham won’t make anything in ministry. Dr. Billy Graham is not a retaliatory type of person. His life had a total detour in Florida.

    No other Protestant Minister of the gospel was loved by the Catholic Church and the religious hierarchy like he was loved. For President John F. Kennedy, he was a very close friend. Likewise, Bishop Fulton Sheen of the Catholic Church was one of his closest friends. When Pope John Paul VI met him at Rome, while holding the elbow of Dr. Billy Graham he said ” we are brothers “. The Bob Jones University now located in South Carolina was the University awarded him with the First Doctorate.

    To the believers of Corinth with their Grecian philosophical superiority complex, how St. Paul delivered direct hitting? I Cor 1:26-27. Telling to the specially chosen people that many of you were not wise by human standard-not influential-and not noble by birth. But GOD”s selection of electing the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and the weak things of the world to shame the strong. What a mysterious strategy of divine election?

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