Dear brothers in the priesthood:
Pastoral concern last year to “take care of the fragility of our people” leads us to pray and ask the Lord in simplicity of servers: where we fragility that we seek out and we’re watching? What is the grace we ask you to take good care of the most vulnerable, your favorite?
Today we bring to heart the Lord’s gaze on so many occasions when, moved, stopped to contemplate the fragility of his people. The endearing compassion of Jesus was not ensimismara something that was not a paralyzing compassion, as often happens to us, but just the opposite: it was a pity that moved him out of himself with strength, courage, to announce, to send in mission to send healing, as the Gospel passage we have just read.
Here we see the Lord with parrhesia assuming the mission to evangelize. Look at the verbs that the Lord takes of Isaiah are “announce” (euangelizein) and “preach” (keruzein), which performs two actions prompted by the Spirit anoints him for the mission. Notice, for example, what he says about the “oppressed” is not a simple free captives! The gospel says that the Lord is coming “to send (aposteilai) in mission freed from slavery.” Among the captives were same as before the Lord chooses his envoys. Our Lord Jesus Christ breaks into our history-marked by vulnerability-an unstoppable momentum, full of strength and of courage. That is the kerygma, the core of our preaching: the emphatic proclamation of this irruption of Jesus Christ incarnate, dead and risen, in our history.
In Jesus makes the diagnosis of the situation of the world there is no whining, no paralyzing … on the contrary, is a fervent call to action. And most daring is precisely that it is an inclusive action, which associated with the poorest Yes, the oppressed, the blind … the little ones of the Father. Associate sharing with them the good news, share his new vision of things, participants in the mission to include others, once released. We could say, in our present language, the gaze of Jesus is not a vision at all “welfare” of frailty. The Lord does not come to heal the blind so they can see the media spectacle of this world, but to see the wonders that God does in the midst of his people. The Lord does not come to liberate the oppressed by his sins and those of the unjust structures, so that they feel good, but to send them on missions. The Lord does not announce a year of favor for everyone, healed of evil, take a sabbatical, but that, with him in the midst of us live our lives actively participating in all that makes our dignity as children of living God.
The Lord, when he looks our fragility, invites us to take care not with fear but with courage. “Fear not I have overcome the world.” “I am with you always, until the end of the world”. Therefore, awareness of human fragility, humbly confessed by Peter, not by the Lord raises an invitation to retreat but moves it to send on a mission, to encourage him to sail offshore, they are encouraged to be fisherman men. The magnitude of the vulnerability of the faithful, that the Lord is full of compassion, not leading to a conservative estimate of our limited possibilities, as you suggest the apostles, but urges that boundless confidence, generosity and Gospel waste, as in the multiplication of the loaves. The sending of the risen Lord, that crowns the Gospel, is in line with today’s passage, which is opening: “go and teach all nations, baptizing them … teaching them to observe all things few commanded them” (Mt 28, 19 ).
Boldness and courage are establishing apostolic mission. The seal of the Spirit is parrhesia, witness to the authenticity of the kerygma and the Gospel. It is this attitude of “inner freedom” to openly say what must be said, that wholesome pride that leads us to “glory” to proclaim the Gospel, that unshakeable confidence in the loyalty of faithful witness, who gives witness to Christ assurance that “nothing can separate them from the love of God” (Rom 8, 38 ff.). If pastors have this attitude, then it is well maintained and driven the fragility of our people. That is, then, the grace that we ask the Lord to take good care of the fragility of our people: the grace of apostolic courage, boldness strong and fervent in the Spirit.
At Our Lady’s we humbly and confidently. She has been called “the first evangelization.” To her, the woman of the Eucharist that Christ gives us, it is that which urges us to “do what Jesus tells us.” She is the first to experience the joy inside out to evangelize and involved first of unprecedented boldness and contemplates the Son and God announces how “shows the power of his arm, disrupts the proud in the thoughts of his heart , overthrows the mighty and lifted up the lowly, filled the hungry and the rich away empty. ” This audacity of Mary are invited to participate as priests of the Holy Church. In this field of evangelical joy that is our strength, is where we lead the fragility of our people that we went looking. That’s the good news: that poor, weak and vulnerable, small as we are, we have watched as she, with kindness in our smallness and we are part of a town that extends from generation to generation, the mercy of God from our parents.
Buenos Aires, April 8, 2004.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J.