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The true event

· At the Angelus the Pope talks about Jesus' discourse on the end times ·

Jesus is “the true event which remains the  firm and enduring point in the midst of the world’s upheavals”.The Holy Father said this at the Angelus on Sunday, 18 November, in St Peter’s Square, commenting on  the Gospel discourse on the last days.

It is one of the most difficult texts in the Gospels he explained, because “it speaks of a future that exceeds our own categories and for this reason Jesus uses images and words taken from the Old Testament; but above all he introduces a new centre, which is himself, the mystery of his Person and of his death and Resurrection”.

In the Messiah's words there is no intention to describe the end times in detail. Jesus “does not act as a “seer”. On the contrary, “he wishes to prevent his disciples in every epoch from being curious about dates and predictions; instead he wants to provide them with a key to a profound, essential interpretation and, above all, to point out to them the right way on which to walk, today and in the future, to enter eternal life”. Therefore the Lord recalls that “everything passes away... but the Word of God does not change and before him each one of us is responsible for his or her own behaviour. We will be judged on this basis” .

“In our times too”, the Pope pointed out, “there is no lack of natural disasters nor, unfortunately, of wars and violence”. For this reason “today too we need a permanent foundation for our life and our hope, especially because of the relativism in which we are immersed”. Hence the invitation  “to accept this centre in the Person of Christ and in his word”.

After the Marian prayer, the Pope recalled the Beatification of María Crescencia Pérez, celebrated on Saturday in Argentina, holding up the religious of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Most Holy of the Garden as a “model of evangelical gentleness enlivened by faith”.  He then addressed his greetings to the various language groups present, with a special thought for the volunteers of the [Italian] Food Bank – since 1989 involved in gathering the excess food of agricultural production, of the food industry and of the great distribution and restaurant business and redistributing it free of charge to Italian charitable institutions – and encouraged “every project that teaches sharing as a response to the difficulties of so many families”.

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St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 14, 2018

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