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Pope at January 1 Mass: Mary, Mother of God, Mother for all En la Jornada Mundial de la Paz, el Papa Francisco encomienda a María Madre de Dios las necesidades del mundo entero

Pope Francis welcomed the new year Wednesday with a solemn morning mass in […]

1_0_760339Pope Francis welcomed the new year Wednesday with a solemn morning mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, calling the faithful to look to Mary as a Mother to all and messenger of hope.

In his homily for this, the Solemnity of the Mother of God, Pope Francis said “there is no more meaningful time than the beginning of a new year” to hear God’s blessing “The Lord bless you and keep you…. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

These “words of strength, courage and hope” “will accompany our journey through the year opening up before us,” the Pope said.

But, the Pope warned, this is not “an illusory hope based on human frail promises, or a naïve hope which presumes that the future will be better simply because it is the future.” Rather, he reminded the faithful, it is a hope based on God’s blessing, containing the “greatest message of good wishes there can be and this is the message which the Church brings to each of us.”

The message of hope in God’s blessing, the Pope stressed, “was fully realized in a woman, Mary, who was destined to become the Mother of God.”

“Mother of God is the first and most important title of Our Lady,” Pope Francis said, noting that in their devotion to her from early times, the faithful had understood this “from the beginning.”

Pope Francis recalled the ancient Council of Ephesus which “authoritatively defined” the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary and later “the first Marian shrine in Rome and the entire West” which was erected in devotion to her in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

Mary is our Mother too, the Pope reminded us, “ever since Jesus, dying on the Cross, gave her to us as our Mother, saying ‘Behold your Mother!’”

Through the most difficult and trying times, Mary’s “sorrowing heart was enlarged to make room for all men and women, whether good or bad,” the Pope said, and she communicates “her maternal affection to each and every person… a source of hope and true joy.”

Inviting the faithful to entrust to her “the journey of faith, the desires of our heart, our needs and the needs of the whole world, especially of those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace,” Pope Francis said by Mary’s “example of humility and openness to God’s will she helps us to transmit our faith in a joyful proclamation of the Gospel to all, without reservation.” And turning towards the statue of Our Lady near the high altar, Pope Francis invoked her three times, repeating forcefully: “Holy Mother of God!”

Below we publish the official English translation of Pope Francis’ Homily:

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

1 January 2014

In the first reading we find the ancient prayer of blessing which God gave to Moses to hand on to Aaron and his sons: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Num 6:24-26). There is no more meaningful time than the beginning of a new year to hear these words of blessing: they will accompany our journey through the year opening up before us. They are words of strength, courage and hope. Not an illusory hope, based on frail human promises, or a naïve hope which presumes that the future will be better simply because it is the future. Rather, it is a hope that has its foundation precisely in God’s blessing, a blessing which contains the greatest message of good wishes there can be; and this is the message which the Church brings to each of us, filled with the Lord’s loving care and providential help.

The message of hope contained in this blessing was fully realized in a woman, Mary, who was destined to become the Mother of God, and it was fulfilled in her before any other creature.

The Mother of God! This is the first and most important title of Our Lady. It refers to a quality, a role which the faith of the Christian people, in its tender and genuine devotion to our heavenly Mother, has understood from the beginning.

We recall that great moment in the history of the ancient Church, the Council of Ephesus, in which the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary was authoritatively defined. The truth of her divine maternity found an echo in Rome where, a little later, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was built, the first Marian shrine in Rome and in the entire West, in which the image of the Mother of God – the Theotokos – is venerated under the title of Salus Populi Romani. It is said that the residents of Ephesus used to gather at the gates of the basilica where the bishops were meeting and shout, “Mother of God!”. The faithful, by asking them to officially define this title of Our Lady, showed that they acknowledged her divine motherhood. Theirs was the spontaneous and sincere reaction of children who know their Mother well, for they love her with immense tenderness.

Mary has always been present in the hearts, the piety and above all the pilgrimage of faith of the Christian people. “The Church journeys through time… and on this journey she proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary” (Redemptoris Mater, 2). Our journey of faith is the same as that of Mary, and so we feel that she is particularly close to us. As far as faith, the hinge of the Christian life, is concerned, the Mother of God shared our condition. She had to take the same path as ourselves, a path which is sometimes difficult and obscure. She had to advance in the “pilgrimage of faith” (Lumen Gentium, 58).

Our pilgrimage of faith has been inseparably linked to Mary ever since Jesus, dying on the Cross, gave her to us as our Mother, saying: “Behold your Mother!” (Jn 19:27). These words serve as a testament, bequeathing to the world a Mother. From that moment on, the Mother of God also became our Mother! When the faith of the disciples was most tested by difficulties and uncertainties, Jesus entrusted them to Mary, who was the first to believe, and whose faith would never fail. The “woman” became our Mother when she lost her divine Son. Her sorrowing heart was enlarged to make room for all men and women, whether good or bad, and she loves them as she loved Jesus. The woman who at the wedding at Cana in Galilee gave her faith-filled cooperation so that the wonders of God could be displayed in the world, at Calvary kept alive the flame of faith in the resurrection of her Son, and she communicates this with maternal affection to each and every person. Mary becomes in this way a source of hope and true joy!

The Mother of the Redeemer goes before us and continually strengthens us in faith, in our vocation and in our mission. By her example of humility and openness to God’s will she helps us to transmit our faith in a joyful proclamation of the Gospel to all, without reservation. In this way our mission will be fruitful, because it is modeled on the motherhood of Mary. To her let us entrust our journey of faith, the desires of our heart, our needs and the needs of the whole world, especially of those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace. Let us then together invoke her: Holy Mother of God!1_0_760339El Pontífice presidió esta mañana la Eucaristía del primero del año en la Basílica de San Pedro en la Solemnidad de María Santísima Madre de Dios y en la 47ª Jornada Mundial de la Paz.

En Roma, con motivo de la Jornada Mundial por la Paz, la Comunidad de San Egidio, organizó la tradicional Marcha por la Paz. El evento comenzó a las 10 de la mañana, en la vía de la Conciliazione y prosiguió hasta la Plaza de San Pedro, para participar en el Ángelus, junto al Santo Padre. Los participantes exhibieron ocho grandes pancartas y banderas de la paz.

Texto completo de la homilía del Santo Padre Francisco

La primera lectura que hemos escuchado nos propone una vez más las antiguas palabras de bendición que Dios sugirió a Moisés para que las enseñara a Aarón y a sus hijos: «Que el Señor te bendiga y te proteja. Que el Señor haga brillar su rostro sobre ti y te muestre su gracia. Que el Señor te descubra su rostro y te conceda la paz» (Nm 6,24-26). Es muy significativo escuchar de nuevo esta bendición precisamente al comienzo del nuevo año: ella acompañará nuestro camino durante el tiempo que ahora nos espera.

Son palabras de fuerza, de valor, de esperanza. No de una esperanza ilusoria, basada en frágiles promesas humanas; ni tampoco una esperanza ingenua, que imagina un futuro mejor sólo porque es futuro. Esta esperanza tiene su razón de ser precisamente en la bendición de Dios, una bendición que contiene el mejor de los deseos, el deseo de la Iglesia para todos nosotros, impregnado de la protección amorosa del Señor, de su ayuda providente.

El deseo contenido en esta bendición se ha realizado plenamente en una mujer, María, por haber sido destinada a ser la Madre de Dios, y se ha cumplido en ella antes que en ninguna otra criatura.

Madre de Dios. Este es el título principal y esencial de la Virgen María. Es una cualidad, un papel, que la fe del pueblo cristiano siempre ha experimentado, en su tierna y genuina devoción por nuestra madre celestial.

Recordemos aquel gran momento de la historia de la Iglesia antigua, el Concilio de Éfeso, en el que fue definida con autoridad la divina maternidad de la Virgen. La verdad sobre la divina maternidad de María encontró eco en Roma, donde poco después se construyó la Basílica de Santa María «la Mayor», primer santuario mariano de Roma y de todo occidente, y en el cual se venera la imagen de la Madre de Dios —la Theotokos— con el título de Salus populi romani. Se dice que, durante el Concilio, los habitantes de Éfeso se congregaban a ambos lados de la puerta de la basílica donde se reunían los Obispos, gritando: «¡Madre de Dios!». Los fieles, al pedir que se definiera oficialmente este título mariano, demostraban reconocer ya la divina maternidad. Es la actitud espontánea y sincera de los hijos, que conocen bien a su madre, porque la aman con inmensa ternura.

Pero es más, es el sensus fidei del santo pueblo de Dios que jamás, en su unidad, jamás se equivoca, el santo Pueblo de Dios.

María está desde siempre presente en el corazón, en la devoción y, sobre todo, en el camino de fe del pueblo cristiano. «La Iglesia… camina en el tiempo… Pero en este camino – deseo destacarlo – procede recorriendo de nuevo el itinerario realizado por la Virgen María» (Juan Pablo II, Enc. Redentoris Mater, 2), y por eso la sentimos particularmente cercana a nosotros. Por lo que respecta a la fe, que es el quicio de la vida cristiana, la Madre de Dios ha compartido nuestra condición, ha debido caminar por los mismos caminos que recorremos nosotros, a veces difíciles y oscuros, ha debido avanzar en «la peregrinación de la fe» (Conc. Ecum. Vat. II, Const. Lumen gentium, 58).

Nuestro camino de fe está unido de manera indisoluble a María desde el momento en que Jesús, muriendo en la cruz, nos la ha dado como Madre diciendo: «He ahí a tu madre» (Jn 19,27). Estas palabras tienen un valor de testamento y dan al mundo una Madre. Desde ese momento, la Madre de Dios se ha convertido también en nuestra Madre. En aquella hora en la que la fe de los discípulos se agrietaba por tantas dificultades e incertidumbres, Jesús les confió a aquella que fue la primera en creer, y cuya fe no decaería jamás. Y la «mujer» se convierte en nuestra Madre en el momento en el que pierde al Hijo divino. Y su corazón herido se ensancha para acoger a todos los hombres, buenos y malos, todos, y los ama como los ama Jesús. La mujer que en las bodas de Caná de Galilea había cooperado con su fe a la manifestación de las maravillas de Dios en el mundo, en el Calvario mantiene encendida la llama de la fe en la resurrección de su Hijo, y la comunica con afecto materno a los demás. María se convierte así en fuente de esperanza y de verdadera alegría.

La Madre del Redentor nos precede y continuamente nos confirma en la fe, en la vocación y en la misión. Con su ejemplo de humildad y de disponibilidad a la voluntad de Dios nos ayuda a traducir nuestra fe en un anuncio del Evangelio alegre y sin fronteras. De este modo nuestra misión será fecunda, porque está modelada sobre la maternidad de María.

A ella confiamos nuestro itinerario de fe, los deseos de nuestro corazón, nuestras necesidades, las del mundo entero, especialmente el hambre y la sed de justicia, de paz y de Dios; y la invocamos todos juntos, imitando a nuestros hermanos de Éfeso. Digamos juntos por tres veces: ¡Santa Madre de Dios! ¡Santa Madre de Dios! ¡Santa Madre de Dios! Amén.


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