homily on January 1:
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, all, 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, and for
God. Let us then together invoke her, and I invite you to invoke her
three times, following the example of those brothers and sisters of
Ephesus: Mother of God! Mother of God! Mother of God! Amen.
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