Moon landing should inspire greater goals: Pope

Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin during his moonwalk on July 20, 1969 (CNS/courtesy NASA)

Pope Francis yesterday used the 50th anniversary of the moon landing to encourage Catholics to look to that great event for inspiration to overcome injustices and mistreatment of the weak. Source: CNA.

He spoke about the July 20 anniversary of the Apollo 11 spaceflight, the first to land humans on the moon, during his weekly Angelus address in St Peter’s Square.

“Fifty years ago yesterday [Saturday] man set foot on the moon, realising an extraordinary dream,” Pope Francis said. “May the memory of that great step for humanity ignite the desire to progress together towards even greater goals: more dignity for the weak, more justice among peoples, more future for our common home.”

In his message before the Angelus, he reflected on the day’s Gospel, when Jesus goes to visit Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus. In this Gospel, St Luke tells readers that Martha was busy serving, while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus to listen to his words.

Jesus, in response to Martha’s complaint that Mary is not helping, says she “has chosen the better part”.

“Today’s Gospel reminds us that the wisdom of the heart lies precisely in knowing how to combine these two elements: contemplation and action,” Pope Francis said, adding that “Martha and Mary show us the way.”

Francis commented that Martha had a gift for hospitality and Jesus did not intend to condemn an attitude of service, “but rather the anxiety with which it is sometimes experienced”.

In fact, it is important to follow Martha’s example in working to create fraternity and welcome in one’s home and community, he underlined. But, he explained, when Jesus is there, “everything must be put aside because, when He comes to visit us in our lives, his presence and His word comes before everything”.

“In this scene of Mary of Bethany at the feet of Jesus, St Luke shows the prayerful attitude of the believer, who knows how to stay in the presence of the Master to listen to him and be in harmony with Him,” the Pope said.

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Moon landing should inspire ‘even greater goals,’ Pope Francis urges (CNA)

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