Pope Francis’ homily at the Mass on the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy is a tribute to all mothers and women. “There is a need for people capable of weaving communion threads, which contrast with the numerous strands of barbed wire in the divisions.”
Bianca Fraccalvieri – Vatican News
The New Year begins under the sign of Mary, with Pope Francis presiding over the Eucharistic celebration in the Vatican Basilica.
On the Solemnity of the Mother of God, the Pontiff dedicated his homily to Mary and to all mothers who, like her, endure the “scandal of the manger”.
This was the expression used by Francis to speak of the birth of Jesus. The Son of God is born without any preferential path, not even a crib! How then to harmonize the king’s throne and the poor manger? How to reconcile the glory of the Most High and the misery of a stable?
“What’s harder for a mother than seeing her child suffer misery?”
And even so, Mary – says the Gospel – kept all these things, meditating on them in her heart” (Lc 2, 19). Adversities, by the way, have the power to make faith mature and we too have to deal with “manger scandals”, with the clash between expectations and reality.
But today, the Mother of God teaches us to take advantage of this shock, as one cannot rise without a cross. “It’s like a painful birth, which gives life to a more mature faith.”
To overcome the clash between the ideal and the real, it is necessary to do as Mary did: save and meditate. Accept and overcome, as mothers do around the world:
“This inclusive look, which overcomes tensions by guarding and meditating on the heart, is the look of mothers; it is the look with which many mothers embrace their children’s situations. It is a concrete look, which does not allow itself to be conditioned by disconsolation or paralyzed by problems, but places them on a broader horizon.”
The Pope quotes mothers who care for a child who is sick or in difficulty: “How much love there is in your eyes, bathed in tears, which at the same time know how to inspire reasons for hope!”
This is what mothers do: they know how to overcome obstacles and conflicts, they know how to instill peace. “There is a need for people capable of weaving communion threads, which contrast with the numerous strands of barbed wire in the divisions.”
The new year begins under the sign of Mother
Francisco then indicates the following model:
“The maternal look is the way to be reborn and grow. Mothers, women look at the world not to explore it, but so that it has life.”
And as mothers give their lives and women guard the world, the Pope’s call is for everyone to work to promote mothers and protect women.
“How much violence there is against women! Enough! To hurt a woman is to insult God, who took humanity from a woman”
“At the beginning of the New Year, let us place ourselves under the protection of this woman, the Mother of God, who is our mother. May she help us to guard and meditate on everything, without fear of trials, in the joyful certainty that the Lord is faithful and knows how to transform crosses into resurrections” were the Pontiff’s wishes.