Loading
True hope is not found in political or social liberation, Pope teaches
True hope is not found in political or social liberation, Pope teaches

.- From the balcony of his study in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the source of hope that Christians find in Advent. This true hope comes from Jesus, who liberates man from more than just political and social bondage; he creates a new humanity.

Advent, the Pope explained, "echoes  a message full of hope, which simultaneously invites us  to raise our eyes to the last horizon and to recognize in the present the signs of God-with-us."

The Holy Father proceeded to cite the Book of Isaiah, which announces Israel's liberation: "Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins."

During Advent the Lord "speaks to the heart of his People and to all of humanity so as to proclaim salvation," Benedict XVI said. To receive this message, we must follow the example of John the Baptist who heeded the call of Isaiah: "Prepare the way of the LORD!"

Today, Pope Benedict said, the Church raises her voice as the Baptist did. "For populations worn out by misery and hunger, for the crowds of refugees, for those who suffer grave and systematic violations of their rights, the Church places herself like a sentinel on the high mountain of faith and pronounces: 'Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord God.'"

This prophetic pronouncement by Isaiah is realized in Jesus Christ, the Holy Father said.

"He, with his preaching and then, with his death and resurrection, has brought to fulfillment the ancient promises, revealing a more profound and universal perspective," Benedict XVI explained. "He began an exodus no longer only earthly, historical, and provisional, but radical and definitive: the passage from the reign of evil to the reign of God, from the dominion of sin and death to that of love and life."

Christian hope, the Pope explained, "is more than the legitimate expectation of social and political liberation. That which Jesus began is a new humanity, one which simultaneously comes 'from God' and buds on this earth, in the measure in which it is left to fecundate by the Spirit of the Lord."

Believe in God, in his design of salvation, and at the same time, commit yourself to the construction of his Kingdom, the Holy Father challenged his flock.

"Justice and peace, in fact, are a gift of God, but require men and women who are 'good earth,' ready to gather the good seed of his Word."

"The first fruit of this new humanity is Jesus, Son of God and son of Mary," Benedict XVI said. "She, the Virgin Mary, is the 'way' by which God himself is prepared to enter the world. With all her humility, Mary walks at the head of the new Israel in exodus from every exile, oppression, and moral and material bondage toward a 'new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.'"

The Pope concluded by praying: "To her maternal intercession we entrust our expectation of peace and salvation of men of our time."


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors
Jul
23

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
07/23/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Homily
Date
07/23/14
07/21/14
07/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: