For those of you like me, who do not speak Italian, here is what Pope Francis said in English.
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
In our continuing catechesis on the Creed, we now consider the article which deals with Christ’s second coming: “He will come again in glory, to judge the living and the dead”. Just as human history began with the creation of man and woman in the image of God, so it will end with Christ’s return and the final judgment. The parables of Jesus help us to understand our responsibility before God and one another in this present age. The parable of the wise and foolish virgins reminds us that we must be spiritually prepared to meet the Lord when he comes. The parable of the talents emphasizes our responsibility to use wisely God’s gifts, making them bear abundant fruit. Here I would ask the many young people present to be generous with their God-given talents for the good of others, the Church and our world. Finally, the parable of the final judgement reminds us that, in the end, we will be judged on our love for others and especially for those in need. Through these parables, our Lord teaches us to await his coming with fear but confident trust, ever watchful for the signs of his presence and faithful in prayer and works of charity, so that when he comes he will find us his good and faithful servants.
April 2013 Mission Intention – Mission Churches
That Mission Churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.
In a very real way the Catholic Church in every nation is a mission church. In the words of Pope Benedict’s 2012 Message for World Mission Day, “the number of those who do not know Christ has grown.” More people than at any other time have never heard the Good News of Jesus and more people than ever who have heard about him don’t care. This is the “crisis of faith” which led Pope Benedict to call for the Year of Faith which we are now celebrating.
As part of our celebration we are praying this month in particular for the Church in places where the Gospel has been newly planted or where Christians are a minority. In many cases these are places of great injustice and poverty, conflict and genocide, where our brothers and sisters are tempted by hopelessness. In these places the Church must proclaim the Gospel not only with its words but by its witness. It must be a sign of hope for people: so that justice and reconciliation are made possible. The Church must be the instrument that empowers people to work for order and the common good that can lead to peace. When Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection, his first words were “Peace be with you” (Luke 24:36 and John 20:20- 1).
On the cross Jesus took away the sins of the world and reconciled people with God and one another. Every celebration of the Eucharist makes this sacrifice present and empowers us to continue Jesus’ work of reconciliation. The Risen Lord promised: “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). His presence gives us hope and power.
In his letter announcing the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict wrote: “Through faith, we can recognize the face of the risen Lord in those who ask for our love.” We join the Holy Father in praying that through an increase in their faith the mission churches may be ever more effective signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.
How does my faith in the resurrection of Jesus help me to face situations that seem hopeless?
2 Corinthians 5:16-20: Whoever is in Christ is a new creation.
Prayer of the Month
Lord Jesus, at the Last Supper you commanded your apostles to remember you in the breaking of bread, now become your Body, and in the drinking of wine, now become your Blood. Whenever we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, help us focus our attention on your total gift of yourself on the cross and the gift of yourself you make to us anew in the Eucharist. May we truly feed on you with our bodies, minds, and hearts, that we may know and love you more in each Eucharistic celebration. Amen.
My Two Cents Worth
It must be hard to hold your arm up that long and smile that long. I guess you just pray your way through it, like anything else. Great Jobs like doing GOD’s WORK makes you happy. And, makes doing the impossible – possible, for God and others.
This is the best homily of Pope Francis so far. He is calling for the conversion of priests. He received an ovation afterwards.
Most Amazing Homily, I’ve Ever Heard.
Respect for Nature: That Respect for Nature may grow, with the awareness that All Creation is God’s Work entrusted, to Human Responsibility.
Clergy: That Bishops, Priests, and Deacons may be tireless Messengers of the Gospel, to the Ends of the Earth.
Morning Offering of the Apostleship of Prayer