Happy Easter – Pope Francis’ “Urbi et Orbi”

The Resurrection of Christ - Waldburg-Gebetbuch (1486)

The Resurrection of Christ – Waldburg-Gebetbuch (1486)

Happy Easter to all! We hope that you had a very blessed Easter, and your hearts are filled with the joy of the risen Lord!

These words from Pope Francis should inspire us and remind us of the hope we have because of our resurrected Lord:

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.

With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!

Go here to read the full text of his Easter message. May we all go forth to proclaim with our lives the joy we have in Christ’s resurrection – may each of our lives become an unspoken “come and see” to all we encounter!

“Urbi et Orbi”

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