Vatican City, Apr 17, 2018 / 09:11 am
In his homily Tuesday, Pope Francis said the Church needs men and women who are capable not only of bearing prophetic witness to the truth, like the early martyrs, but who are also examples of hope.
In looking to Christ's words and actions in scripture, on one hand he "corrected with strong words: 'perverse and adulterous generations,'" yet on the other hand he wept for the people of Jerusalem when they rejected God's ways, the pope said April 17.
Likewise, a true prophet is not a "prophet of misfortunes," speaking only of things that need to be corrected, but he is also "a man of hope; he corrects when needed and opens wide the doors looking to the horizon of hope."
A prophet, he said, "restores the roots, restores one's belonging to the people of God in order to go forward."