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Pope in Santa Marta: God lowers Himself and surprises us


In his daily homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on when the angel appeared to announce God's plan for Mary. He said it is at this moment that mankind's destiny changes.

POPE FRANCIS
“It is the moment that everything changes, everything, from the root. Liturgically, today is the day of the root. The Antiphon that marks the meaning of today is the root of Jesse, 'from which a shoot will be born.' God lowers Himself, God enters history and does so in His original way: a surprise.”

The pope concluded by re-reading the Gospel passage on the Annunciation to invite Christians to reflect on its profound significance. 

EXTRACTS FROM PAPAL HOMILY
(Source: Vatican News)

“The passage from Luke’s Gospel that we have heard tells us the decisive moment in history, the most revolutionary. It is a turbulent situation, everything changes, history turns upside down. It is difficult to preach about this passage. And when at Christmas or on the day of the Annunciation we profess the faith to say this mystery we kneel down. It is the moment that everything changes, everything, from the root. Liturgically, today is the day of the root. The Antiphon that marks the meaning today is the root of Jesse, 'from which a shoot will be born.' God lowers Himself, God enters history and does so in his original style: a surprise. The God of surprises surprises us (again).”

“The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. Nothing is impossible for God!' Mary said, 'I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.' And the angel left her.”