Urgent: 4 days left! We still have $5,430 to match to win a $25,400 Challenge Grant! Can you help?
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Jesus draws all up to God, sin drags us back down, Pope says in Palm Sunday homily

Catholic World News - April 18, 2011

Jesus wants to lift every human being up to heaven, Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope led the blessing of the palms and the traditional procession into the Square, then presided at Mass and the reading of the Passion. In his homily, he focused on Christ’s desire to bring all mankind to “the heights of God Himself.”

“And yet the force of gravity which draws us down is powerful,” the Pope said. That gravitational force is the temptation to sin, he explained, and we have not escaped it. On the contrary, advances in technology have made men capable to even greater evil:

.

Our possibilities for evil have increased and appear like menacing storms above history. Our limitations have also remained: we need but think of the disasters which have caused so much suffering for humanity in recent months.

“Everything depends on our escaping the gravitational field of evil,” the Pope said.

At the conclusion of the Mass, which also marked the observance of World Youth Day in Rome, the Pope told the young people in the congregation that he is looking forward to the international World Youth Day festivities in Madrid in August.

As he prepared to leave St. Peter’s Square, the Pope was apparently caught by surprise when a large number of people in the audience joining in singing “Happy Birthday.” The Holy Father had turned 84 one day earlier: April 15.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($5,430 to go):
$25,400.00 $19,969.71
21% 79%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? 10 hours ago
Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. 12 hours ago
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20
Modeling King David’s awareness of God May 20
Has the sensus fidei disappeared? May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days