He also noted the significance of this significant anniversary of Poland's baptism falling during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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.”
Pope Francis indicated to the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa, and reflected on Mary as a sign of “the fullness of time.”
“In her, we find complete conformity to the Lord,” he said, adding that there is a “Marian thread” woven into history with the “divine thread.”
“If there is any human glory, any merit of our own in the fullness of time, it is she,” he said. Mary is that space, preserved free from sin, where God chose to mirror himself.”
“She is the stairway God took to descend and draw near to us. She is the clearest sign of the fullness of time.”
Reflecting on Mary's “littleness,” the Pope noted how God “was so pleased with her that he let his flesh be woven from hers, so that the Virgin became the Mother of God.”
The pontiff addressed the pilgrims who travel to the Shrine of Czestochowa, the “spiritual capital” of Poland.
“May she continue to point the way,” and help you to weave in your own lives the humble and simple thread of the Gospel.”
At the Jasna Góra shrine, like at Cana, Pope Francis said “Mary offers us her nearness, and helps us to discover what we need to live life to the full.”
Acting with a “mother's love,” Mary teaches us “to avoid hasty decisions and grumbling in our communities,” he said.
“As the Mother of a family, she wants to keep us together. Through unity, the journey of your people has surmounted any number of harsh experiences.”
Addressing the crowds, the pontiff prayed that Mary may “obtain for you the desire to leave behind all past wrongs and wounds, and to build fellowship with all, without ever yielding to the temptation to withdraw or to domineer.”
Pope Francis also spoke of the “great realism” which Mary demonstrated at the wedding in Cana, taking to heart the people's problems, and handling them “discreetly, efficiently and decisively.”
He encouraged the faithful to ask for the grace to be able to imitate Mary's “sensitivity” and “creativity in serving others,” and to know the beauty of serving others, “without favourites or distinctions.”
“The transition from before to after Christ means little if it remains a date in the annals of history,” Francis concluded. “May each one of us be able to make an interior passage, a Passover of the heart, towards the divine 'style' incarnated by Mary,” he said.
“May we do everything in littleness, and accompany others at close hand, with a simple and open heart.”