Pope at General Audience: Risen Jesus' encounter with disciples as symbol of hope

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24/05/2017
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At today's General Audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on hope, using Jesus' encounter with two disciples mourning his death as an example. 

The disciples, not recognizing Jesus until the 'breaking of the breadâ?,  are an example of Jesus' 'therapy of hope.â?

According to the pope, such hope is a 'patient accompaniment that gradually opens us to trust in Godâ??s promises.â?

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we now consider the Risen Jesusâ?? encounter with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. 

Unrecognized, the Lord walks with them and listens as they tell of how their hopes were shattered by the tragedy of the cross. Jesus then slowly opens their hearts to a new and greater hope by explaining how the Scriptures were fulfilled in the suffering and death of the Messiah. 

Only later, in the breaking of the bread, is he revealed as the Risen Lord, present in their midst. He then disappears and the disciples return to Jerusalem to bring back the good news. 

The Emmaus account shows us Jesusâ?? 'therapy of hopeâ?, based on a patient accompaniment that gradually opens us to trust in Godâ??s promises. 

It also shows us the importance of the Eucharist, in which, like bread, Jesus 'breaksâ? our lives and offers them to others. Like the disciples, we too are sent forth to encounter others, to hear their joys and sorrows, and to offer them words of life and hope based on Godâ??s unfailing love, which accompanies us at every step of lifeâ??s journey.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in todayâ??s Audience, particularly the groups from England, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, the Philippines,  Indonesia, Guam, Zimbabwe, Canada and the United States of America. In the joy of the Risen Christ, I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father. May the Lord bless you all!

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