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Posted March 28, 2016 in The Pope's Corner:
The Path that Leads to Glory

by Pope Francis.

Jesus Christ is risen!

Love has triumphed over hatred! Life has conquered death! Light has dispelled the darkness!

Out of love for us, Jesus Christ stripped himself of his divine glory, emptied himself, took on the form of a slave, and humbled himself even to death, death on a cross. For this reason God exalted him and made him Lord of the universe. Jesus is Lord!

By his death and resurrection, Jesus shows everyone the way to life and happiness: this way is humility, which involves humiliation. This is the path which leads to glory. Only those who humble themselves can go towards the things that are above, towards God (cf. Col 3:1-4).The proud look down from above; the humble look up from below.

On Easter morning, alerted by the women, Peter and John ran to the tomb. They found it open and empty. Then they drew near and bent down in order to enter it.

To enter into the mystery we need to bend down, to abase ourselves. Only those who abase themselves understand the glorification of Jesus and are able to follow him on his way.

The world proposes that we put ourselves forward at all costs, that we compete, that we prevail … . But Christians, by the grace of Christ, dead and risen, are the seeds of another humanity, in which we seek to live in service to one another, not to be arrogant, but rather respectful and ready to help.

This is not weakness but true strength. Those who bear within them God’s power, his love, and his justice, do not need to employ violence; they speak and act with the power of truth, beauty, and love.

From the risen Lord, we ask today the grace not to succumb to the pride which fuels violence and war, but to have the humble courage of pardon and peace.

… May all men and women of goodwill hear the consoling and healing voice of the Lord Jesus: Peace be with you (Lk 24:36). "Fear not, for I am risen, and I shall always be with you" (cf. Roman Missal, entrance Antiphon for Easter Day).

—Excerpted from the Pope’s greeting after celebrating Mass on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

 

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