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    MYANMAR - VATICAN

    Pope in Myanmar: Jesus teaches that the response to hatred is forgiveness, not violence



    The first Mass celebrated by Francis in Myanmar. "The way of revenge is not the way of Jesus. Jesus’ way is radically different.  When hatred and rejection led him to his passion and death, he responded with forgiveness and compassion. " "Even with very limited means, many communities are proclaiming the Gospel to other tribal minorities, never forcing or coercing but always inviting and welcoming."

    Yangon (AsiaNews) - The "cure" for wounds inflicted by violence is not found in anger and vengeance, but in forgiveness and compassion,  following the example of Jesus who thus replied to the hatred that led him to death. Pope Francis' first public Mass on his 41st international  trip outside of Italy, celebrated today in the large Kyaikkasan Grounds in Yangon, Myanmar.

    "Jesus - said the Pope - did not teach us his wisdom by long speeches or by grand demonstrations of political or earthly power but by giving his life on the cross.  Sometimes we can fall into the trap of believing in our own wisdom, but the truth is we can easily lose our sense of direction.  At those times we need to remember that we have a sure compass before us, in the crucified Lord.  In the cross, we find the wisdom that can guide our life with the light that comes from God. "

    "From the cross also comes healing.  There, Jesus offered his wounds to the Father for us, the wounds by which we are healed (cf. 1 Pet 2:24).  May we always have the wisdom to find in the wounds of Christ the source of all healing!  I know that many in Myanmar bear the wounds of violence, wounds both visible and invisible.  The temptation is to respond to these injuries with a worldly wisdom that, like that of the king in the first reading, is deeply flawed.  We think that healing can come from anger and revenge.  Yet the way of revenge is not the way of Jesus. Jesus’ way is radically different.  When hatred and rejection led him to his passion and death, he responded with forgiveness and compassion. "

    The Pope continued we also encounter "refusal and obstacles" but "with the gift of the Spirit, Jesus enables us each to be signs of his wisdom, which triumphs over the wisdom of this world, and his mercy, which soothes even the most painful of injuries."

    And the Church in Myanmar "is already doing much to bring the healing balm of God’s mercy to others, especially those most in need.  There are clear signs that even with very limited means, many communities are proclaiming the Gospel to other tribal minorities, never forcing or coercing but always inviting and welcoming.  Amid much poverty and difficulty, many of you offer practical assistance and solidarity to the poor and suffering.  Through the daily ministrations of its bishops, priests, religious and catechists, and particularly through the praiseworthy work of Catholic Karuna Myanmar and the generous assistance provided by the Pontifical Mission Societies, the Church in this country is helping great numbers of men, women and children, regardless of religion or ethnic background.  I can see that the Church here is alive, that Christ is alive and here with you and with your brothers and sisters of other Christian communities.  I encourage you to keep sharing with others the priceless wisdom that you have received, the love of God welling up in the heart of Jesus."

    "Jesus wants to give this wisdom in abundance.  He will surely crown your efforts to sow seeds of healing and reconciliation in your families, communities and the wider society of this nation.  Does he not tell us that his wisdom is irresistible (cf. Lk 21:15)?  His message of forgiveness and mercy uses a logic that not all will want to understand, and which will encounter obstacles. Yet his love, revealed on the cross is ultimately unstoppable.  It is like a spiritual GPS that unfailingly guides us towards the inner life of God and the heart of our neighbour."

    "Our Blessed Mother Mary followed her Son even to the dark mountain of Calvary and she accompanies us at every step of our earthly journey.  May she obtain for us the grace always be to messengers of true wisdom, heartfelt mercy to those in need, and the joy that comes from resting in the wounds of Jesus, who loved us to the end. "

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