BENEDICT XVI: ANGELUS, OVERCOMING A “MATERIALISTIC” VIEW OF LIFE
Benedict XVI called on the faithful to “overcome a purely horizontal and materialistic view of life” during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square yesterday morning. Commenting on the account in the Gospel of Mark of two miraculous healings that Jesus performed in favour of two women, the daughter of one of the leaders of the Synagogue named Jairus, and a woman afflicted with hemorrhages, the Pope highlighted that in these two episodes there are “two levels of interpretation; the purely physical: Jesus draws near to human suffering and heals the body; and the spiritual: Jesus has come to heal the human heart, to give salvation, and He wants us to believe in Him”. “These two stories – the Pontiff explained - are an invitation to us to overcome a purely horizontal and materialistic view of life. We often ask God to solve our problems and meet our concrete needs, which is right, but we should all the more ask for an ever stronger faith, that the Lord may renew our lives, and for a firm trust in His love, in His providence that does not abandon us”.