Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Star of the new Evangelization

There is a Marian “style” in the Church’s work of evangelization. Whenever we look at Mary, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness. In her, we see that humility and

tenderness are not virtues of the weak but of the strong, who do not need to treat others poorly to feel important. As we contemplate Mary, we realize that she who praised God for “bringing down the mighty from their thrones” and “sending the rich away empty” (Lk 1:52–53) is also the one who brings a domestic warmth to our pursuit of justice. She is also the one who carefully keeps “all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19). Mary is able to recognize the traces of God’s Spirit in great and small events. She constantly contemplates the mystery of God in our world, in human history and in our daily lives. She is the woman of prayer and work in Nazareth, and she is also Our Lady of Help, who sets out from her town “with haste” (Lk 1:39) to be of service to others. This interaction of justice and tenderness, of contemplation and concern for others, is what makes the ecclesial community look to Mary as a model of evangelization. We implore her maternal intercession so that the Church may become a home for many peoples, a mother for all peoples, and that the way may be opened to the birth of a new world. It is the Risen Christ who tells us, with a power that fills us with confidence and unshakeable hope: “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5).

(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis, No 288, November 24, 2013.)