That Awning's Got To Go
By contrast, the Angelus message, however, was just radiant. Here's hoping no mental awnings block it for anyone....
Benedict XVI today reminded pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, before the Angelus, that the period before Easter was a time especially dedicated to “listening to the Lord, who always speaks to us”. And he specified: “Listening to him in his Word, preserved in the Holy Scripture. Listening to him in the very events of our lives, seeking to read the messages of Providence in them. Listening to him, finally, in our brothers, especially the lowly and the poor, in who Jesus himself asks for our concrete love.”
[T]he Pope said the Lord, especially in this time of Lent, “expects more attention from us”. This attention to the Word of God is necessary to face up to daily life. “Human existence is a journey of faith and, as such, it progresses more in twilight than in full light, and is not without moments of shadows and even pitch darkness,” said the Pontiff. “While we are down here, our relationship with God unfolds more in listening than in vision; and contemplation takes place, so to speak, with closed eyes, thanks to the inner light lit in us by the Word of God.”
Turning to today’s Gospel about the transfiguration of Jesus, the Pope said there were moments in life when “for a moment, one has a foretaste of what heavenly bliss will be like. These are usually brief experiences, which God concedes to us at times, especially in view of hard trials.” But the blissful experience of Mount Tabor is not forever: “No one… is allowed to live ‘on Tabor’ while he is on this earth.” In daily life, listening to Jesus, as Mary did, helps one to walk, “day after day, as in a pilgrimage of faith”. The Pope added: “Listening to Christ and obeying his voice: this is the royal road, the only one which leads to the fullness of joy and love.”
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