“Here is the Easter announcement that I would like to leave: it is possible to start over again, because there is a new life that God, regardless of all our failures, is able to restart in us,” said Francis in the homily of the Easter Vigil.
The Mother of all vigils: the Easter candle lit St. Peter’s Basilica, in the ceremony presided over by Pope Francis in the early evening.
Due to the pandemic, during this Easter vigil, baptisms were not administered, but baptismal promises were renewed and readings were also reduced.
In his homily, the Pope focused on a verse of the Gospel proposed by the liturgy: “He precedes you on your way to Galilee; you will see Him there ”(16, 7). For Francis, here is the Easter invitation: “go to Galilee”.
Going to Galilee, explained the Pontiff means, first of all, restart.
“Here is the first Easter announcement that I would like to leave: it is possible to start all over again, because there is a new life that God is able, regardless of all our failures, to restart in us.”
God can build a work of art even from the rubble of our hearts; out of the ruined pieces of our humanity, God prepares a new history.
He always precedes us, the Pope said. And in these dark months of pandemic, “let us hear the risen Lord who invites us to start over, never to lose hope”.
Going to Galilee also means walk new paths, “it is to move in the opposite direction from the grave ”.
Many live the “faith of remembrance”, as if Jesus were a person from the past, said the Pope. On the contrary, going to Galilee means learning that faith, in order to be alive, must continue to walk. We are afraid of God’s surprises, added the Pontiff, but today the Lord invites us to let ourselves be surprised.
“Jesus is not an outdated character. He is alive, here and now. ” He walks with us every day, in the situation we are living in, in the dreams that we carry within us.
Geographic and existential boundaries
Going to Galilee also means go to the ends. Because Galilee is the most distant place, Francis also explained, where Jesus began his mission, directing the announcement to the excluded.
“And today is also where the Risen One asks his people to go. It is the place of daily life, the paths we travel every day, the corners of our cities where the Lord precedes us and becomes present.
The Pope’s final invitation is that we rediscover the grace of everyday life, to recognize Jesus in our “galileas”, in everyday life. With Him, life will change. With Him, life begins anew. Because, beyond all defeats, evil and violence, beyond all suffering and beyond death, the Risen One lives and guides history.
“Sister, brother, if you have a dark hour in your heart tonight, a day that has not yet dawned, a buried light, a shattered dream, open your heart in amazement to the Easter announcement:“ Don’t be afraid, you are risen! And it awaits you in Galilee ».”
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