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Christian joy based on nuptial relation with Christ's Church: Pope's Friday homily

Catholic World News - September 06, 2013

“The Christian is fundamentally joyful,” Pope Francis told the congregation gathered at the Domus Sanctae Marthae for a morning Mass on September 7.

In his homily the Holy Father spoke on the reading from St. Luke’s Gospel, in which Jesus remarks that the wedding guests do not fast while the bridegroom is present. That passage, the Pope said, points to the nuptial relationship of the Church and Christ. That relationship, Pope Francis continues, prompts “a joyfulness of spirit, a joyfulness of heart.”

This does not mean that life is without pain, the Pope continued. “But there is ever that profound peace of joy, because Christian life is lived as a celebration, like the nuptial union of Christ with the Church.” He remarked that many martyrs have approached their death with joy for this reason.

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