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St. Peter"s Square Wednesday, 23 April 2014
“Why execute you look for the living among the dead”?
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
This week is the week of joy: we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It is a true and deep joy established on the certainty that the Risen Christ shall never before die again; rather, he is alive and at occupational in the Church and also in the civilization. This certainty has actually abided in the hearts of believers since that first Easter morning, when the womales went to Jesus’ tomb and the angels asked them: “Why perform you seek the living among the dead?” (Lk 24:5). “Why carry out you seek the living among the dead?”. These words are favor a milestone in history; however are likewise choose a “stumbling block” if we do not open up ourselves to the Good News, if we think that a dead Jesus is much less bothersome that a Jesus who is alive! Yet exactly how many kind of times along our everyday journey execute we must hear it said: “Why carry out you look for the living among the dead?”. How frequently execute we search for life among inert points, among points that cannot provide life, among things that are right here now and gone tomorrow, among the points that pass amethod ... “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”.
We require this as soon as we shut ourselves in any create of selfishness or self-complacency; when we enable ourselves to be seduced by worldly powers and also by the things of this human being, foracquiring God and also neighbour; once we place our hope in worldly vanities, in money, in success. Then the Word of God claims to us: “Why perform you look for the living among the dead?”. Why are you searching there? That thing cannot offer you life! Yes, probably it will certainly cheer you up for a minute, for a day, for a week, for a month ... and also then? “Why perform you look for the living among the dead?”. This expression have to enter right into our hearts and we must repeat it. Shall we repeat it three times together? Shall we make the effort? Everyone: “Why carry out you seek the living among the dead?”.
It is not easy to be open up to Jesus. Nor is it a given that we shall accept the life of the Risen One and his visibility among us. The Gospel mirrors us different reactions: that of the Apostle Thomas, that of Mary Magdalen and that of the two disciples of Emmaus: it does us good to compare ourselves with them. Thomas locations a condition on belief, he asks to touch the proof, the wounds; Mary Magdalene weeps, she sees him yet she does not recognize him, she just realizes that it is Jesus once he calls her by name; the disciples of Emmaus, who are depressed and feeling beat, obtain an encounter via Jesus by enabling that mysterious wayfarer to acagency them. Each one on a different path! They were seeking the living among the dead and it was the Lord himself that redirected their course. And what execute I do? What course perform I take to enrespond to the living Christ? He will always be cshed to us to correct our course if we have strayed.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (Lk 24:5). This question permits us to get rid of the temptation to look back, to what was yesterday, and it spurs us on to the future. Jesus is not in the sepulchre, he is Risen! He is the Living One, the One that constantly renews his body, which is the Church, and permits it to walk by illustration it towards Him. “Yesterday” is the tomb of Jesus and the tomb of the Church, the tomb of truth and also justice; “today” is the perennial Resurrection to which the Holy Spirit impels us, bestowing on us complete flexibility.
Today this question is additionally addressed to us. You, why carry out look for the living among the dead, you that withattract right into yourself after a faitempt, and you who no much longer have the stamina to pray? Why do you seek the living among the dead, you that feel alone, abandoned by friends and maybe additionally by God? Why execute you seek the living among the dead, you that have actually lost hope and also you who feel imprisoned by your sins? Why do you look for the living among the dead, you that aspire to beauty, to spiritual perfection, to justice and also to peace?
We should hear ourselves repeat and also to remind one other of the angels’ admonition! This admonition: “Why do you seek the living among the dead” helps us leave behind our empty sadness and also opens up us to the horizons of joy and also hope. That hope which rolls earlier the stones from burial places and urges one to proclaim the Good News, capable of generating brand-new life for others. Let us repeat the Angels’ phrase in order to save it in our hearts and in our memory, and then let everyone respond in silence: “Why execute you seek the living among the dead”. Let’s repeat it!
I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking component in today’s Audience, consisting of those from Scotland also, Sweden, Finland and also the United States. I offer a distinct greeting to the newly-ordained deacons from the Pontifical Irish College, and also their households and friends. Upon all of you, and upon your households, I invoke the joy and also peace of the Risen Lord. God bless you all!
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Yesterday I obtained a video appeal from the employees of the Lucchini di Piombino, sent to me prior to the closure of the blast furnace, which truly moved me. It left me feeling sad. Dear workers, dear brothers, a deep sadness was illustrated on your encounters, and also the issue of fathers of families who are just asking for their ideal to work-related in order to live through dignity and also to have the ability to protect, feed and also educate their own youngsters. Be assured of my closeness and also my prayer; execute not be discouraged, the Pope is at your side and is praying for you, so that once huguy hope is extinguished, may magnificent hope which never before disappoints always remajor alive. Dear employees, dear brothers, I adopt you fraternally; and also I ask all the managers to make eincredibly creative and also generous initiative to rekindle hope in the hearts of our brothers and in the hearts of all those that are unemployed due to waste and the financial crisis. Please, open your eyes and do not fold your arms!
Over the last weeks many kind of messages expressing great wishes for a holy Easter have actually arrived from all over the human being. I wish to reciprocate these best wishes to everyone. From my heart I wish to give thanks to the children, young world, elderly, households, parish and spiritual areas, associations, movements and various groups that have actually wiburned to present me their affection and also closeness. I ask everyone to continue to pray for me and also for my service to the Church.
Next Sunday at Alba in the Piedmont, Giuseppe Girotto, a priest of the Order of Friars Preachers that was killed in odium fidei in the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau, will be prodeclared Blessed. May his heroic Christian witness and also his martyrdom arouse in many type of the desire to adhere ever more very closely to Jesus and to the Gospel.
I extfinish a one-of-a-kind thought to young world, the sick and newlyweds. May the Easter proclamation continue to make your hearts burn within you, as taken place to the disciples of Emmaus: dear young civilization, may you constantly live the faith via enthusiasm, persuaded that only the Lord Jesus allows us to obtain full and lasting happiness; dear sick, tbelow is no higher comfort and even more beautiful consolation in your enduring than knowing that Christ is Risen: and might you, dear newlyweds, live your marriage in true adherence to Christ and to the Gospel teachings.