• May 17, 2016

I will not leave you orphans

Today, on the feast of Pentecost, Jesus’ words remind us also of the maternal pres­ence of Mary in the Upper Room. The Mother of Jesus is with the com­mu­nity of dis­ci­ples gath­ered in prayer: she is the living remem­brance of the Son and the living invo­ca­tion of the Holy Spirit. She is the Mother of the Church. We entrust to her inter­ces­sion, in a par­tic­ular way, all Christians, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties that at this moment are most in need of the Spirit, the Paraclete, the Defender and Comforter, the Spirit of truth, freedom and peace.

The Spirit, as Saint Paul says, unites us to Christ: “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him” (Rom 8:9). Strengthening our rela­tion­ship of belonging to the Lord Jesus, the Spirit enables us to enter into a new expe­ri­ence of fra­ter­nity…

Here is a ‘home­work assign­ment’ for you: one day look at people’s faces as you go along the street. They are wor­ried, each one is closed in on him­self, a smile is missing, ten­der­ness is missing, in other words, this social friend­ship is missing. Where there is no social friend­ship there is always hatred, war. We are expe­ri­encing a “piece­meal third world war”, every­where. Look at the maps of the world and you will see this. Instead, often times social friend­ship must be made with for­give­ness. So often it is made by approaching: I approach that problem, that con­flict, that dif­fi­culty, I move closer....

There is also another thing that has to do with play, with sport and also with art: gra­tu­itous­ness. Social friend­ship is free, and this wisdom of gra­tu­itous­ness is learned: with play, with sport, with art, with the joy of being together, by get­ting close.... Gratuitousness is a word that must not be for­gotten in this world, where it seems that unless you pay you can’t live, where the person that God cre­ated pre­cisely to be at the center of the world, has now, in order to also be at the center of the economy, been pushed out and at the center we have a fine god, the god of money….

Gratuitousness is the key word. Gratuitousness allows me to give my life just as it is, in order to go with others and make this desert become a forest. Gratuitousness, this is a beau­tiful thing…

By means of our uni­versal Brother – Jesus – we can relate to one another in a new way; no longer as orphans, but rather as chil­dren of the same good and mer­ciful Father. And this changes every­thing! We can see each other as brothers and sis­ters whose dif­fer­ences can only increase our joy and wonder at sharing in this unique father­hood and broth­er­hood….

  Pope Francis, extracts from his homily for Pentecost and his remarks during his visit to the “Earth Village” on April 16

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