- Oct 25, 2020
The Christian tradition shows us a loving Father, whose permissive will allows for suffering and pandemics while also giving us a promise of redemption. This saving promise gives us hope, and it is a hope in God himself, who alone can change the world.
During his Saturday Easter Vigil Mass, Pope Francis likened the despair of Jesus’s followers after his death to that experienced by many due to the coronavirus, saying the Resurrection is a call to let go of fear and embrace hope.
“Paradise is not a fantasy land, or even an enchanted garden,” Pope Francis said during his weekly General Audience Oct. 25. “Paradise is the embrace with God, infinite Love, and we enter it thanks to Jesus, who died on the cross for us.”
Pope Francis said Christians are not “prophets of doom” but rather missionaries of hope who are tasked with proclaiming Jesus’ death and resurrection, which is “the nucleus of Christian faith.” The pope was continuing his reflections on hope during his weekly general audience.
During his general audience, Pope Francis said young people who are not seeking something or looking for meaning in life “are not young, they have gone into retirement, they have aged before their time.” Throughout the Gospels, the pope said, Jesus responds to the people he meets along the way; he is like an “arsonist” setting people’s hearts ablaze.
In a surprise video appearance at a TED conference, Pope Francis called for more tenderness in the world. The pontiff said tenderness means to “use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other, to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future, to listen also to the silent cry of our common home, of our sick and polluted earth.”