This miracle was not an an “amazing deed done before the crowd” or a response to a “political question,” the pontiff observed. Rather, it was a “simple miracle” in a small village, one which “brings joy to the wedding of a young and completely anonymous family.”
Despite its “littleness,” the miracle is nonetheless “a great sign, for it reveals to us the spousal face of God, a God who sits at table with us, who dreams and holds communion with us,” the Pope said.
“It tells us that the Lord does not keep his distance, but is near and real. He is in our midst and he takes care of us, without making decisions in our place and without troubling himself with issues of power.”
The desire for power is a human temptation, the pontiff said. Unlike us, Jesus “prefers to let himself be contained in little things.”
“To be attracted by power, by grandeur, by appearances, is tragically human,” he said. “But to give oneself to others, eliminating distances, dwelling in littleness and living the reality of one’s everyday life: this is exquisitely divine.”
Pope Francis reflected on three ways in which God saves humanity. This is achieved by Jesus' littleness, by his closeness to his people, and by his concrete actions.
Reflecting on Jesus' “littleness,” the Pope noted his special love for “the little ones, to whom the kingdom of God is revealed.”
“The little ones speak his own language, that of the humble love that brings freedom. So he calls the simple and receptive to be his spokespersons; he entrusts to them the revelation of his name and the secrets of his heart,” he said.
He cited examples of this littleness, such as the martyrs who “defenseless power of the Gospel shine forth,” as well as ordinary people who witnessed “the Lord’s love amid great trials.”
The Pope also remembered the Polish saints, St. John Paul II and St. Faustina, describing them as “meek and powerful heralds of mercy.”
He also noted the significance of this significant anniversary of Poland's baptism falling during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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Pope Francis then reflected on God's nearness to his people, and his desire “to come down to our everyday affairs, to walk with us.”
Reflecting on the 1050 years of Christianity in Poland, he said “we do well before all else to thank God for having walked with your people, having taken you by the hand and accompanied you in so many situations.”
“That is what we too, in the Church, are constantly called to do: to listen, to get involved and be neighbours, sharing in people’s joys and struggles, so that the Gospel can spread every more consistently and fruitfully: radiating goodness through the transparency of our lives.”
Finally, Pope Francis spoke of God in his reality, as manifested in the Word becoming flesh, “born of a mother.”
“The eternal is communicated by spending time with people and in concrete situations,” the Pope explained.
Addressing the people of Poland, the pontiff said: “Your own history, shaped by the Gospel, the Cross and fidelity to the Church, has seen the contagious power of a genuine faith, passed down from family to family, from fathers to sons and above all from mothers and grandmothers, whom we need so much to thank.”