Some thoughts to share from Pope Francis' Easter message. He prayed for all the areas in the world that bears serious conflicts and wars. He included the victims of these conflicts for they suffer so terribly.
Whatever is going on in your lives, he said from the balcony of St. Peter's, Jesus' victory over sin and death demonstrates that love is more important. Love makes hope blossom in the wilderness. We are all called to love.
Pope Francis encouraged all repeatedly as he broke from his prepared text to have no fear, to not be afraid, and to turn to the love and mercy of God.
Even though after the death of our Lord Jesus, the apostles and disciples scattered, with the coming of the Holy Spirit upon them their courage and goodness returned. They ministered far and wide. To them Christ entrusted the work of love. They taught divine love; how it can overcome the darkness of the human heart to bring Christ's peace.
As the successor of St. Peter, Pope Francis continues to bring the same message. He stated that we are living images of Christ. Like Christ we are to leave ourselves behind and encounter others, being close to those crushed by life's hardships, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and outcast.
Do we have the courage to open our hearts as did the early followers of Christ, his apostles and disciples?