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2014-04-23

(-ONLY VIDEO-) In his weekly general audience, the Pope explained why the Resurrection of Jesus is a source of authentic hope and joy. He also added that those who are blinded by selfishness, block the encounter between themselves and Jesus. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

The joy of Easter is born of our faith in Christ’s Resurrection and his continuing presence in the Church and in our world.  With the Resurrection, all has been made new and fresh hope has been poured out upon our world.  The question which the angel asked the women on the morning of the resurrection is directed to us as well: "Why do you seek the living among the dead”? (Lk 24:5). 

The Gospel shows us three examples of a life changing encounter with the Risen Lord and invites us to a similar encounter.  Like Thomas, we need to grasp the reality of Christ’s rising to new life.  Like Mary Magdalene, we need to hear Jesus’ voice calling our name.  And like the travelers on the road to Emmaus, we need to find renewed joy and hope by recognizing that the Lord is ever at our side.  

These disciples sought the living among the dead, yet Jesus led them, by different paths, to faith in him and the power of his resurrection.  Today he challenges each of us to seek him, the Living One, and to leave behind everything that holds us back from encountering him and sharing in the rebirth, the freedom and the hope which he alone can give.

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from Scotland, Sweden, Finland and the United States.  I offer a special greeting to the newly-ordained deacons from the Pontifical Irish College, as well as their families and friends.  Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Risen Lord. God bless you all!


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