"Jesus came to meet them and said to them : Rejoice!"
Homily of 24/03/2013 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)
"Jesus came to meet them and said to them : Rejoice!" (original Greek text)
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Lk 19,38)... Joy fills the air. Jesus has awakened great hopes, especially in the hearts of the simple, the humble, the poor, the forgotten, those who do not matter in the eyes of the world. He understands human sufferings, he has shown the face of God’s mercy, and he has bent down to heal body and soul. This is Jesus. This is his heart which looks to all of us, to our sicknesses, to our sins. The love of Jesus is great... Jesus is God, but he lowered himself to walk with us. He is our friend, our brother...
And here is the first word that I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are so many of them! And in this moment the enemy, the devil, comes, often disguised as an angel (2Cor 11,14), and slyly speaks his word to us. Do not listen to him! Let us follow Jesus! We accompany, we follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders (Lk 15,5). This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this world. Please do not let yourselves be robbed of hope! Do not let hope be stolen! The hope that Jesus gives us.
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