.- The power of Jesus Christ is manifested in humble service and love, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29.
âFor man, authority often means possession, power, control, success,â the Pope said to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.
âFor God, however, authority means service, humility, love,â he continued, âit means entering into the logic of Jesus who stoops to wash the disciplesâ feet, who seeks the true good of man, who heals wounds, who is capable of a love so great as to give up his life, because he is Love.â
The Popeâs made his comments as part of a reflection on todayâs Gospel reading in which an unclean spirit identifies Jesus Christ as the âHoly One of God,â during his travels in Galilee. The Pope observed how Jesus heals both spiritually and physically through his teaching and miracles.
âIn a short time, his fame spread throughout the region, which he travels announcing the Kingdom of God and healing the sick of all kinds: word and action.â
He then quoted the fifth-century Church father St. John Chrysostom, who noted that Jesus âalternates the speech for the benefit of those who listen, moving on from wonders to words and again passing from the teaching of his doctrine to miracles.â
The Pope suggested that Jesusâ use of words immediately opened up most of those listening to âthe will of the Father and the truth about themselves.â However, the scribes who âstruggled to interpret the Holy Scriptures with countless reflectionsâ were not open to his words.
Therefore, Jesus also united to his words to miraculous actions as âsigns of deliverance from evil,â the pontiff explained. He further recalled how St. Athanasius, the third-century Church father, would say that the âcommanding and driving out demons is not human but divine workâ and demonstrates how Jesus âdistanced men from all diseases and infirmities.â
âDivine authority is not a force of nature." Instead, it is âthe power of the love of God who created the universe and, in becoming incarnate in His only begotten Son, in coming down to our humanity, heals the world corrupted by sin.â
Pope Benedict finished with a quotation from Romano Guardini, the 20th-century Italian-German philosopher and theologian, who wrote that âthe whole life of Jesus is a translation of power in humility ... Here is the sovereignty that lowers itself to the form of a servant.â