Tuesday, 29 January 2019 08:09

Pope Francis calls the young people “The Now of God”


His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated the concluding Mass for the 34th World Youth Day in Panama on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Delivering his homily in front of the thousands of pilgrims from the different parts of the world, Pope Francis has called on the young people to express themselves and to actively participate in the mission of evangelization.

Photo Credit: Vatican News

Pope Francis said that the youth of today is “the now of God.”

“You, dear young people, are not the future but the now of God. He invites you and calls you in your communities and cities to go out and find your grandparents, your elders; to stand up and with them to speak out and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you,” Pope Francis said
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Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke, Pope Francis said: “This is the now of God. It becomes present with Jesus: it has a face, it is flesh. It is a merciful love that does not wait for ideal or perfect situations to show itself, nor does it accept excuses for its appearance. It is God’s time, that makes every situation and place both right and proper. In Jesus, the promised future begins and becomes life.”

He also took note of the beautiful message of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops last October 2018 with the theme "Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment". He encouraged each one to meet and listen to one another.

“The enrichment of intergenerational dialogue, the enrichment of exchange and the value of realizing that we need one another, that we have to work to create channels and spaces that encourage dreaming of and working for tomorrow, starting today,” he said.

Earlier, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led a morning catechesis with the theme “I am the Servant of the Lord”. It was held at the Parish of Cristo Redentor in Panama City where young pilgrims from California, Austria, Zimbabwe, and the Philippines participated.

Vatican News reported that the Filipinos’ excitement was partly motivated by the presence of Cardinal Tagle who said that the “young people everywhere are more attracted to direct actions of service and charity”.

“Let them experience service of neighbour, and let their hearts burn with service. Then you invite them to the “naming” of that experience,” Cardinal Tagle told the Vatican News.

During the concluding Mass, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, announced that the 2022 World Youth Day will be in Lisbon, Portugal.

The 2019 World Youth Day was held from January 22-27, 2019, with the theme, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word”. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)

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