Pope Francis’ catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday was focused once again on the Creed, as he continued his reflections on “the resurrection of the body.”
“I want to present some aspects regarding the
relationship between the Resurrection of Christ and our resurrection,”
he said. “He is risen! And because He is risen, we too shall rise.”
Below, please find the full text of the English language summary of Pope Francis’ catechesis:
Brothers and Sisters: we return to our reflection on “the resurrection
of the body”, as we look at three aspects of the relationship between
Christ’s resurrection and our own. First, the Gospel reveals to us that
our faith in the resurrection is bound to the person of Jesus Christ,
who himself said “I am the resurrection and the life”.
Like us in all
things but sin, Christ gathers us to himself so that we may accompany
him in his journey back to the Father. The Risen Christ gives his
disciples the Holy Spirit as a pledge of communion with God which has
its fullness in eternity. The anticipation of eternal life is the
source and reason for our hope. If cultivated and protected, it
illuminates our lives as persons and communities. Second, Christ rose
in his glorified body.
Through Christ, our bodies will also be
glorified and reunited with our souls at the resurrection. Therefore,
our experience of the Risen Christ in the Sacraments, especially the
Holy Eucharist, prepares us for the reunion of our bodies and souls in
heaven. Third, while Jesus will resurrect us at the end of time, even
now he wishes us to share in his resurrection.
Through Baptism, we are
inserted into his death and resurrection and begin to experience new
life. The seed of eternity is planted within us. Hence, the image of
eternity is imprinted on us and calls us to respect the lives of all
people, especially those who suffer. In this way, we can experience the
closeness of the Reign of God, towards which we all journey together.