At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls his Message for the World Day of Peace, inaugurated by Paul VI 52 years ago. "We are all responsible for the life of the 'city', of the common good". The Hebrew blessing in the "name" and in the "face" of the Lord.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Jesus Christ, Savior of the world. He is the Blessing for every person and for the whole human family. He is the source of grace, mercy and peace": this is how Pope Francis linked today's solemnity of the Holy Mother of God, to the World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on January 1st.
Speaking to the tens of thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus, the pontiff explained: "This is why Saint Pope Paul VI wanted the first of January to be the World Day of Peace; and today we celebrate the fifty-second, which has as its theme: Good politics is at the service of peace. We must not think that politics is reserved only for rulers: we are all responsible for the life of the 'city', of the common good; and politics too is good to the extent that each one plays his part in the service of peace. May the Holy Mother of God help us in this daily commitment ".
Both this morning’s Mass and the Angelus reflection were dedicated to the Christian and theological centering of peace in society.
Previously the Pope spoke about the blessing reported in the first reading of today's Mass, (Numbers 6,24-26), in which the Israeli priest, imposing his hands on the people, invoked "the name" and "the face" of the Lord "In the Bible ... the name represents the very reality that is invoked, and so," placing the name "of the Lord on a person, a family, a community means offering them the beneficial force that flows from Him".
"We know that according to the Scriptures the face of God is inaccessible to man: no one can see God and remain alive. This expresses the transcendence of God, the infinite greatness of His glory. But the glory of God is all Love, and therefore, while remaining inaccessible, like a Sun that cannot be looked at, it radiates its grace on every creature and, in a special way, on men and women, in which it is reflected most”.
"When the fullness of time came" (Gal 4: 4), God revealed himself in the face of a man, Jesus, "born of a woman". And here we return to the icon of today's feast, from which we started: the icon of the Holy Mother of God, who shows us the Son, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world ".
At the conclusion of the Angelus, Francis blessed the crowd with the words of Jewish blessing.
In the end, greeting the participants, the Pope thanked them for the "countless initiatives of prayer and commitment for peace that take place in this day in every part of the world, promoted by the ecclesial communities" and recalled in particular the march organized by the community of St. Egidio and the one held yesterday in Matera.