Following are the Intentions of our Holy Father Pope Francis for the month of May, courtesy of the Apostleship of Prayer:
- Media. That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace.
- Mary’s Guidance. That Mary, Star of Evangelization, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations.
Regarding the second intention, the Apostleship of Prayer offers us this reflection:
According to the Gospel of John, Jesus’ turning water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana was the first sign of His divinity. The miracle “revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him” (2:11). Mary played a key role in this miracle. She told the servers, “Do whatever he tells you” (2:5). Today she says to us: “Do whatever he tells you.” What Jesus is asking of us now is to carry on His work of spreading the good news of God’s love wherever we go.
Pope Francis often refers to Mary as the one who guides the Church in the work of evangelization. He called her “the star and compass that leads to Christ” and the “bright star of our Christian walk.”
Speaking to the Pontifical Mission Societies, he quoted Pope Paul VI’s words: “May the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the Good News not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient, or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ, and who are willing to risk their lives so that the Kingdom of God may be proclaimed and the Church established in the midst of the world.”
In the conclusion of “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis writes: “Mary let herself be guided by the Holy Spirit on a journey of faith toward a destiny of service and fruitfulness. Today we look to her and ask her to help us proclaim the message of salvation to all and to enable new disciples to become evangelizers in turn.”
During this month dedicated to Mary, we ask her help in the work of evangelization. Following her direction, let us offer ourselves to Jesus every day, praying that we may do everything he tells us. In that way, the water—the ordinary events of our lives—will be transformed into the wine of the Kingdom of God.
How has Mary been a guiding star in my life? How may she help me do what Jesus asks of me?