• April 23, 2014

The Good News is no mere matter of words

Marie Celeste - Bangkok 2014

by Pope Francis
’Urbi and Orbi’ Message - Easter 2014

The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s mes­sage to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was cru­ci­fied. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6).

This is the cul­mi­na­tion of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excel­lence: Jesus, who was cru­ci­fied, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mis­sion of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and con­tinues to set out ever anew. The mes­sage which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incar­nate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has tri­umphed over hatred, mercy over sin­ful­ness, good­ness over evil, truth over false­hood, life over death.

That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human sit­u­a­tion, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a tes­ti­mony to uncon­di­tional and faithful love: it is about leaving our­selves behind and encoun­tering others, being close to those crushed by life’s trou­bles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the out­cast… “Come and see!”: Love is more pow­erful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilder­ness.

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