Pope Francis urges placing 2024 under the guidance of the Mother of God.

Mary as the Gateway to Human History

Francis, recognizing Mary as the chosen instrument through which God entered human history with Christ’s birth, emphasized the significance of invoking her as the inaugural act of the year.

Describing her as the “means chosen by God,” he highlighted the profound symbolism behind the title “Mother of God,” signifying the intimate union between the Lord and humanity, embodied in the image of a child nestled in his mother’s arms.

The Enduring Role of Mary

During the Mass at St. Peter’s on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, an icon depicting the “nursing Madonna” served as the visual backdrop.

Pope Francis reiterated Mary’s ongoing role in channeling the gifts of the Holy Spirit into the lives of present-day Christians, drawing parallels to her role at Pentecost.

He stressed how Mary’s maternal connection acts as a conduit, guiding believers toward experiencing the paternal tenderness of God.

According to the pope, Mary serves as the pathway to understanding the essence of faith, emphasizing that faith transcends mere ideology or duty, instead presenting itself as an immeasurable gift that transforms believers into cherished children and vessels of the Father’s love.

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