Pope Francis' Easter Vigil Message

At St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday, Pope Francis baptized ten new Christians at the Easter Virgil and, in his homily, urged those gathered to remember where they first found their faith. Pope Francis concluded by saying,

In the life of every Christian, after baptism there is also a more existential "Galilee": the experience of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ who called me to follow him and to share in his mission. In this sense, returning to Galilee means treasuring in my heart the living memory of that call, when Jesus passed my way, gazed at me with mercy and asked me to follow him. It means reviving the memory of that moment when his eyes met mine, the moment when he made me realize that he loved me.

Today, tonight, each of us can ask: What is my Galilee? Where is my Galilee? Do I remember it? Have I forgotten it? Have I gone off on roads and paths which made me forget it? Lord, help me: tell me what my Galilee is; for you know that I want to return there to encounter you and to let myself be embraced by your mercy.

The Gospel of Easter is very clear: we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen, and to become witnesses of his resurrection. This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth.

"Galilee of the Gentiles" (Mt 4:15; Is 8:23)! Horizon of the Risen Lord, horizon of the Church; intense desire of encounter… Let us be on our way!"

The full text of Pope Francis' Easter Vigil Homily and the rest of this article is available at the Huffington Post.

Comments (1)

The Pope's Easter message is all over the internet. Great message focusing on the wider world, and not on internal churchland dysfunction.

The Huff Post link is especially good because it also provides a link to former President Jimmy Carter on, Why I Am A Baptist. His viewpoint re women in the church is also very cool.

Jimmy carter is very popular with Canadian environmentalists at the moment. The current federal Canadian government is in the pocket of big oil, and Carter has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline which is designed to pump tarsands oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries for export. Just developing the tarsands will increase Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. So Carter's message is life giving. As young USN submariner Carter risked his life to help bring a Canadian nuclear reactor at Chalk River Ontario under control.

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