Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, not just with one’s words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.
Christians are called to be witnesses of the Resurrection through “their way of welcoming, smiling and loving” instead of just “repeating memorised lines,” the pope said on 4th October during his weekly general audience.
“Look,” he said, “that’s what a real Christian is like, not whiny and angry, but convinced by the power of the Resurrection that no evil is infinite, no night is without end, no person is permanently in error, no hatred is stronger than love.”
Arriving later than usual, Pope Francis was quickly ushered around St Peter’s Square to greet the estimated 15,000 pilgrims, stopping only once to greet a crying child.
The pope continued his series of audience talks on Christian hope, reflecting on a reading from the Gospel of St Luke, which describes the astonishment and disbelief of the disciples upon being visited by the risen Christ.
Picture: Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 4th October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).