“the Word of God is the force that moves history, inspires prophets, prepares the way for the Messiah, convenes the Church. Jesus Himself is the divine Word Who became flesh in the virginal womb of Mary. God revealed Himself fully in Him. He told us and gave us everything, opening us to the treasures of His truth and mercy”. – Pope Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY, 6 DEC 2009 (VIS) – At midday today, the Pope appeared at the window of his private study overlooking St. Peter’s Square, in order to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered below.

The Holy Father explained that on this second Sunday of Advent the Gospel of St. Luke “focuses its attention on John the Baptist, precursor to the Messiah, and very precisely outlines the area and period in which his preaching took place”.

“The Evangelist wished to inform those reading or listening that the Gospel is not a legend but the account of a real story, that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person Who lived in that specific context”, said the Pope. “The second element worthy of mention is that, following this detailed historical introduction, the subject turns to the ‘word of God’ presented as a power that descends from on high and alights on John the Baptist”.

Benedict XVI then went on to highlight how “the Word of God is the force that moves history, inspires prophets, prepares the way for the Messiah, convenes the Church. Jesus Himself is the divine Word Who became flesh in the virginal womb of Mary. God revealed Himself fully in Him. He told us and gave us everything, opening us to the treasures of His truth and mercy”.

“The most beautiful flower to grow from the Word of God is the Virgin Mary. She is the first fruit of the Church, the garden of God upon the earth. But while Mary is Immaculate – and so we will celebrate her the day after tomorrow – the Church has continual need of purification, because sin threatens all her members. Within the Church there is a constant struggle between the desert and the garden, between sin which dries out the land and grace which irrigates it to produce abundant fruits of sanctity. Let us, then, pray to the Lord’s Mother that she may help us in this period of Advent, to ‘straighten’ our path and allow ourselves to be guided by the Word of God”.

After praying the Angelus, the Pope recalled how tomorrow, 7 December, the UN climate conference is due to begin in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, “with which the international community will seek to counter the phenomenon of global warming.

“It is my hope”, he added, “that the work of the conference will help to identify actions that respect creation and promote development in solidarity, based upon the dignity of human beings and oriented to the common good. The defence of creation requires the adoption of sober and responsible lifestyles, especially with respect to the poor and to future generations. In this context, and in order to guarantee the complete success of the conference, I invite all people of good will to respect the laws established by God over nature and to rediscover the moral dimension of human life”.

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