(Vatican Radio) Only silence guards the mystery of the journey that a person walks
with God, said Pope Francis in his homily at Mass on Friday morning at the Casa Santa
Marta. May the Lord, the Pope added, give us “the grace to love the silence”, which
needs to be guarded from all publicity.
In the history of salvation, neither
in the clamour nor in the blatant, but the shadows and the silence are the places
in which God chose to reveal himself to humankind.
The imperceptible reality
from which his mystery, from time to time, took visible form, took flesh. The Pope’s
reflections were inspired by the Annunciation, which was today’s Gospel reading, in
particular the passage in which the angel tells Mary that the power of the Most High
would “overshadow” her. The shadow, which has almost the same quality as the cloud,
with which God protected the Jews in the desert, the Pope said.
“The Lord always
took care of the mystery and hid the mystery. He did not publicize the mystery. A
mystery that publicizes itself is not Christian; it is not the mystery of God: it
is a fake mystery! And this is what happened to Our Lady, when she received her Son:
the mystery of her virginal motherhood is hidden. It is hidden her whole life! And
she knew it. This shadow of God in our lives helps us to discover our own mystery:
the mystery of our encounter with the Lord, our mystery of our life’s journey with
“Each of us,” affirmed the Pope, “knows how mysteriously the Lord
works in our hearts, in our souls.” And what is “the cloud, the power, the way the
Holy Spirit covers our mystery?”
“This cloud in us, in our lives is called
silence: the silence is exactly the cloud that covers the mystery of our relationship
with the Lord, of our holiness and of our sins. This mystery that we cannot explain.
But when there is no silence in our lives, the mystery is lost, it goes away. Guarding
the mystery with silence! That is the cloud, that is the power of God for us, that
is the strength of the Holy Spirit.”
The Mother of Jesus was the perfect icon
of silence. From the proclamation of her exceptional maternity at Calvary. The Pope
said he thinks about “how many times she remained quiet and how many times she did
not say that which she felt in order to guard the mystery of her relationship with
her Son,” up until the most raw silence “at the foot of the cross”.
does not tell us anything: if she spoke a word or not… She was silent, but in her
heart, how many things told the Lord! ‘You, that day, this and the other that we read,
you had told me that he would be great, you had told me that you would have given
him the throne of David, his forefather, that he would have reigned forever and now
I see him there!’ Our Lady was human! And perhaps she even had the desire to say:
‘Lies! I was deceived!’ John Paul II would say this, speaking about Our Lady in that
moment. But she, with her silence, hid the mystery that she did not understand and
with this silence allowed for this mystery to grow and blossom in hope.”
is that which guards the mystery,” for which the mystery “of our relationship with
God, of our journey, of our salvation cannot be… publicized,” the Pope repeated.
the Lord give all of us the grace to love the silence, to seek him and to have a heart
that is guarded by the cloud of silence,” he said.