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Pope Francis: ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead?’

April 23, 2014

In his April 23 general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the words spoken by the angels at Christ’s tomb: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (Lk. 24:5)

These words are “a milestone in history, but also a stumbling block, if we do not open ourselves to the Good News,” the Pope said, as he asked “how many times we seek the living among the dead,” among “things that cannot give life,” among “things that exist today and tomorrow will no longer exist.”

We need to hear the question of the angels, he continued, when we fall prey to “any form of selfishness or self-complacency; when we let ourselves be seduced by earthly powers and the things of this world, forgetting God and neighbor; when we place our hopes in worldly vanities, in money, in success.”

“Jesus is not in the tomb, He is the Risen One!” the Pope added. “He is the Living One, the One who always renews his body, which is the Church.”


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