Pope Francis, continuing his teaching about old age and old age to the general public on Wednesday, meditated on the biblical figure of Nicodemus and said that the elderly are witnesses to God’s tenderness, wisdom and love.
Charlotte Smedes – Vatican
The tenderness that the elderly show us is God’s tenderness – Pope Francis emphasized this during his public meeting on Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica, where he continued his series of teachings “on the meaning and value of old age in the light of God’s Word.” This week reflect on the character of Nicodemus in the Old Testament.
Pope Hanan described the elderly and grandparents and said: “God is like this. He knows how to flirt.”
Born again, don’t live forever
The Pope reflected on the words that Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Truly I say to you, he who is not born again cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3), who is born of water and the Holy Spirit.
“This spiritual birth does not deny or diminish the value of our earthly existence, but indicates its final consummation in eternal life and the joy of heaven,” the Pope said.
The Pope affirmed that our age, with its frantic pursuit of the myth of eternal youth, must relearn this truth and view each age as a preparation for the eternal happiness for which we are created.
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
They witnessed the presence of God in our midst
The elderly, through their faith, wisdom, and experience, can give convincing testimony that the kingdom of God is in our midst and the true meaning of our existence on earth as a precursor to the true “eternal youth” that awaits us in the new. Creation of Christ and his Holy Spirit iigt. Nevada
Finally, the Pope highlighted the beauty of old age.
He said: “Aging continues towards its destination, towards the Paradise of God.” Old age is then a special time to separate the future from the illusion of biological and mechanical survival, especially because it opens to us the tenderness of God’s creative and generative embrace.
Pope Francis concluded his speech with a prayer: “May the Holy Spirit revive the message of this spiritual and cultural old age.
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