Posted April 25, 2011 in The Pope's Corner:
Awaited by Love

by Pope Benedict XVI.

I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die (Jn 11:25, 26).

I am the Resurrection. …. In encountering Christ we enter into communion with life itself….

The Church Fathers called the Eucharist "a drug of immortality." And so it is, for in the Eucharist…, we enter into communion indeed, communion with the Risen Body of Christ….

I came that they may have life and have it in abundance (Jn 10:10).

Life in abundance is not what some people think: to consume everything, to have it all, to be able to do all that we want. In that case, we would be living for inanimate things; we would be living for death….

On their return, prisoners of war who had been in Russia for ten years or more, exposed to cold and hunger, said, "I was able to survive because I knew I was expected. I knew people were looking forward to my arrival. I knew that I was needed and awaited."

The love that awaited them was the effective medicine against all ills.

In reality, we are all awaited. The Lord waits for us and not only does he wait for us; he is present now and stretches out his hand to us.

Let us take the Lord’s hand and pray to him to grant that we might truly live, live the abundance of life and thus also be able to communicate true life to our contemporaries—life in abundance.

Excerpted from a homily at San Lorenzo International youth Center in Rome on March 9, 2008.


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