Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - Vanity, money and success are
"dead things" , they cannot give life, so we should not place our
hope in them, but in the Resurrection , "a milestone in history , but also
a 'stumbling block': this was Pope Francis reflection on the Angel's words at
the tomb "Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?" at the
general audience .
An audience divided into two phases - the first in the Paul VI for the sick and
elderly to avoid the rain in St Peter's Square.
However the greetings for the Pope on his saint's name day were choral,
today being the day on which the Church remembers St. George. The Pope toured among
the 50 thousand people present in the square, as usual, greeting, blessing and
kissing babies. At one point he even stopped and alighted to greet a group of
kids with Argentinean flags and took a sip of "mate", offered by one
of the faithful.
"This week - he said - is the week of joy, we celebrate
the Resurrection of Jesus. It is a true, profound joy, based on the certainty
that Christ is now risen, He is dead no more, but is alive and active in the
Church and in the world . This certainty dwells in the hearts of believers from
that Easter morning, when the women went to the tomb of Jesus and the angels
said to them, "Why do you seek the living one among the dead" (Lk
24,5) ..."Why do you seek the living one among the dead?". These words are a
milestone in history; but also a "stumbling block" if we do not open
ourselves to the Good News , if we believe that a dead Jesus is less of a
nuisance than a living Jesus! Instead, in our daily journey, we often need to
hear : Why do you seek the living one among the dead? . How often do we look
for life among dead things, things that cannot give life, that are here today
and gone tomorrow, Why do you seek the living one among the dead?".
"We need [these words] when we close ourselves within many forms of selfishness
or self- complacency; when we allow ourselves to be seduced by the earthly
powers and the things of this world, forgetting God and neighbor; when we place
our trust in worldly vanities, in money, in success. Then the Word of God tells
us: "Why do you seek the living one among the dead?"'. Why are you looking
there, it can't give you life it will give you joy for a day a week a month a
year and then? Why do you seek the living one among the dead ? This sentence
needs to enter into our heart..... Why do you seek the living one among the dead?
Out loud! Why do you seek the living one among the dead ?"
"And today - he continued - when you go home say
it in your heart, in silence ask why do I look in life among dead things for
life? It will do us good! But it is not
easy, it is not obvious to accept the life of the Risen Christ and His presence
among us. The Gospel shows us the reactions of the Apostle Thomas, Mary
Magdalene and the two disciples of Emmaus: it does us good to confront them.
Thomas puts a condition on his faith, he asks to touch the evidence, the wounds
; Mary Magdalene weeps, she sees him but does not recognize him, she only
realizes that it is Jesus when He calls her by name; the disciples of Emmaus,
depressed and feeling defeated, encounter Jesus by allowing themselves to be
accompanied by the mysterious traveler. Each by different paths ! They were
looking among the dead for One who is alive, and it was the same Lord to
correct their course. And what do I do ? Which route to do I follow to meet the
risen and living Christ? He will always be close to us to correct our course if
we have gone wrong.