Saint Peter's Square
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Sunday, 26 May 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Good morning! This morning I made
my first visit to a parish in the Diocese of Rome. I thank the Lord and I
ask you to pray for my pastoral service to this Church of Rome whose mission is
to preside in universal charity.
Today is the Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity. The light of
Eastertide and of Pentecost renews in us every year the joy and amazement of
faith: let us recognize that God is not something vague, our God is not a God
“spray”, he is tangible; he is not abstract but has a name: “God is love”. His
is not a sentimental, emotional kind of love but the love of the Father who is
the origin of all life, the love of the Son who dies on the Cross and is raised,
the love of the Spirit who renews human beings and the world. Thinking that God
is love does us so much good, because it teaches us to love, to give ourselves
to others as Jesus gave himself to us and walks with us. Jesus walks beside us
on the road through life.
The Most Holy Trinity is not the product of human reasoning but
the face with which God actually revealed himself, not from the heights of a
throne, but walking with humanity. It is Jesus himself who revealed the Father
to us and who promised us the Holy Spirit. God walked with his people in the
history of the People of Israel and Jesus has always walked with us and promised
us the Holy Spirit who is fire, who teaches us everything we do not know and
from within us guides us, gives us good ideas and good inspirations.
Today we do not praise God for a specific mystery, but for
himself, “for his immense glory”, as the liturgical hymn says. We praise him and
we thank him because he is Love, and because he calls us to enter into the
embrace of his communion which is eternal life.
Let us entrust our praise to the hands of the Virgin Mary. She,
the most humble of creatures, thanks to Christ has already arrived at the
destination of the earthly pilgrimage: she is already in the glory of the
Trinity. For this reason Mary our Mother, Our Lady, shines out for us as a sign
of sure hope. She is the Mother of Hope; on our journey, on our way, she is
Mother of Hope. She is also the Mother who comforts us, the Mother of
consolation and the Mother who accompanies us on the journey. Let us now pray to
Our Lady all together, to Our Mother who accompanies us on the way.
After the Angelus:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Fr Giuseppe Puglisi, a priest and martyr, killed by the Mafia in
1993, was beatified yesterday in Palermo. Fr Puglisi was an exemplary priest,
especially dedicated to the pastoral care of youth. In teaching boys in
accordance with the Gospel he saved them from the criminal underworld and thus
the latter sought to get the better of him by killing him. However, in fact it
is he who won, with the Risen Christ. I think of all the suffering of men and
women, and also of children, who are exploited by so many forms of mafia, which
exploit them by forcing them to do a job that enslaves them, with prostitution,
with so many social pressures. Behind this exploitation, behind this slavery,
there are “mafias”. Let us pray the Lord to convert the heart of these people.
They cannot do this! They cannot make slaves of us, brothers and sisters! We
must pray the Lord! Let us pray that these members of the Mafia be converted to
God and let us praise God for the luminous witness borne by Fr Giuseppe Puglisi,
and let us set store by his example!
I greet with affection all the pilgrims present, the families,
the parish groups who have come from Italy, Spain, France and so many other
countries. I greet in particular the Associazione Nazionale San Paolo degli
Oratori e dei Circoli Giovanili, founded 50 years to serve youth. Dear friends,
may St Philip Neri, whom we are commemorating today, and Blessed Giuseppe
Puglisi, sustain your commitment. I greet the group of Chinese Catholics present
here who are gathered in Rome to pray for the Church in China, invoking the
intercession of Mary, Help of Christians.
I address a thought to all those who are promoting the “Day of
Relief” for the sick who are travelling on the last stretch of their earthly
journey; as well as the Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla. Thank you for
your dedication! I greet the Associazione Nazionale Arma di Cavalleria, and the
faithful from Fiumicello near Padua. Have a good Sunday and a good lunch!