God dreams big, wants to transform world, defeat evil, pope says
God is right by the side of each person on earth, seeing each individual’s pain and wanting to bring hope and joy, Pope Francis said.
“He calls us by name and tells us, ‘Rise up, stop weeping, because I have come to free you,'” the pope said at his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on 17th May.
The pope continued his series of talks on Christian hope by looking at the Gospel of John’s account of St Mary Magdalene visiting Jesus’ tomb.
She was the first to go to the tomb after his burial, he said, pointing out that the same love and loyalty can be seen today in the many women who head to the cemetery, visiting their dearly departed for years, showing how not even death can break the bonds of love.
In Mary Magdalene’s case, however, she experienced not only the sadness of Christ’s death, but also the discovery that his body had disappeared, the pope said.
Picture: Pope Francis greets a group of nuns as he arrives for his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 17th May. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters).Tags: Mary Magdalene, Pope, Pope Francis, St Mary Magdalene, Vatican