Pope at General Audience: Source of hope in the fatherhood of God
During his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on hope, focusing on "the source of hope in the fatherhood of God.â? He recalled the Letters of Saint Paul, where Jesus used the words "Abba." As God's adopted children, "we share in the relationship between Jesus and the Father, and this is the sure basis of our sure hope in God's saving help.â? SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we now consider the source of that hope in the fatherhood of God. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he taught them to call God Our Father. Here we see the great religious revolution introduced by Christianity: taught by the Saviourâ??s command, we dare to speak to the transcendent and all-holy God as children speak, with complete trust, to a loving father. In the parable of the merciful father,who welcomes his prodigal son with supreme forgiveness, Jesus speaks to us of the Fatherâ??s unconditional love. In his Letters, Saint Paul twice repeats the original Aramaic word used by Jesus in his prayer: "Abba" (cf. Rom 8:15; Gal 4:6). As Godâ??s adoptive sons and daughters in the Holy Spirit, we share in the intimate relationship between Jesus and the Father, and this is the basis of our sure hope in Godâ??s saving help. Each day, as we pray the Lordâ??s Prayer, may we be confirmed in the knowledge that, in his merciful love, our heavenly Father will watch over us, respond to our petitions, and never abandon us. I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in todayâ??s Audience, particularly the groups from England, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Canada and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.