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Christians: Witnesses of Easter’s New Path

Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene

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Happy Easter!

As usual, today’s Wednesday Audience is a reflection on the Octave of Easter:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In these first days of Easter the Church rejoices in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, which has brought new life to us and to our world. Saint Paul exhorts us to make this new life evident by putting to death the things of this earth and setting our hearts on the things that are on high, where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father (cf. Col 3:1-2). Having put on Christ in Baptism, we are called to be renewed daily in the virtues which he taught us, especially charity which binds all the rest together in perfect harmony. By living this new life we are not only interiorly transformed, but we also change the world around us. Charity in fact brings that spiritual freedom which can break down any wall, and build a new world of solidarity, goodness and respect for the dignity of all. Easter, then, is a gift to be received ever anew in faith, so that we may become a constant leaven of life, justice and reconciliation in our world. As believers in the risen Lord, this is our mission: to awaken hope in place of despair, joy in place of sadness, and life in place of death. With Christ, through him and in him, let us strive to make all things new!

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VIS has more substantial excerpts of the Audience until the full text will be available on the Vatican website next week some time.

I would not be surprised to see next week’s audience consist of a reflection on the newly Blessed John Paul II.  So perhaps the week after that will see the next catechetical series begin!

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